Fire-eater pneumonitis: Silent aspiration and spontaneous resolution

York K. Cheung, K. K. Lau, X. Li

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A 15-year-old street entertainer inadvertently and unknowingly aspirated a small volume of liquid hydrocarbon fuel during a fire breathing performance. Two days later, he developed pleuritic chest pain, fever, and vomiting. A chest radiograph revealed airspace consolidation, which later developed into a cavitating lesion consistent with exogenous lipoid pneumonitis. Full recovery with spontaneous resolution of the radiological changes occurred after 6 weeks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-128
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Hong Kong College of Radiologists
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Inhalation exposure
  • Lipid
  • Mineral oil
  • Pneumonia

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