Fire-eater’s pneumonia is a chemical pneumonitis that can develop after accidental aspiration of liquid hydrocarbon-based fuel during a flame-blowing or a fire-eating performance. Typical findings of the patient are similar with any infectious pneumonia: chest pain, shortness of breath, cough, fever, and hemoptysis can be seen.
We report two cases of acute paraffin oil-induced pneumonia due to accidental aspiration during fire-eating performance.
The symptoms and course of respiratory manifestations and the treatment strategies of fire-eater’s pneumonia are reviewed.
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Published online: December 23, 2010
Accepted: November 9, 2010
Received in revised form: July 22, 2010
Received: May 6, 2010
This study was supported by Akdeniz University Research Projects Unit.
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