Canadian Respiratory Journal

Canadian Respiratory Journal / 2007 / Article

Case Report | Open Access

Volume 14 |Article ID 892610 |

Fahad Al-Ghimlas, Victor Hoffstein, "Pleuroparenchymal Lung Disease Secondary to Nonoccupational Exposure to Vermiculite", Canadian Respiratory Journal, vol. 14, Article ID 892610, 3 pages, 2007.

Pleuroparenchymal Lung Disease Secondary to Nonoccupational Exposure to Vermiculite


An unusual case of pleuroparenchymal lung disease caused by the inhalation of vermiculite dust, presumably containing asbestos fibers is described. The uniqueness of the case lies in the very indirect nature of exposure – the wife of a factory owner, rather than a worker exposed to asbestos, whose factory manufactured vermiculite. The present case illustrates the importance of taking careful occupational histories of all household members when presented with a patient whose chest radiograph exhibits features consistent with asbestos exposure.

Copyright © 2007 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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