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Canadian Respiratory Journal
Volume 14 (2007), Issue 3, Pages 164-166
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2007/892610
Case Report

Pleuroparenchymal Lung Disease Secondary to Nonoccupational Exposure to Vermiculite

Fahad Al-Ghimlas and Victor Hoffstein

Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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.

Abstract

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.