Selected Topics: Toxicology| Volume 42, ISSUE 4, P417-419, April 2012

Fire-eater’s Pneumonia: Two Case Reports of Accidentally Aspirated Paraffin Oil

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      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.

      Case reports

      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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