Symptoms of Popcorn Lung Disease

Popcorn lung disease is a rare and irreversible illness that affects workers who breathe the vapor of butter flavoring, or diacetyl. Although the formal name of the condition is bronchiolitis obliterans, the condition was named popcorn lung disease or popcorn workers lung, because it is most commonly found in employees of microwave popcorn plants. This illness is frequently misdiagnosed by physicians as asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema. At Gresham, P.C., we bring claims related to popcorn lung disease and other types of toxic exposure.

Popcorn lung disease symptoms include the following:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Night sweats
  • Skin peeling
  • Weight loss
  • Scarring and hardening of lung tissue

Clinical findings in popcorn lung disease

When breathing tests are administered to people with possible popcorn lung disease symptoms, they reveal hyperinflation of the lungs because air becomes trapped beyond the obstruction; thickened airway walls; narrow or blocked small airways; reduced ability to expand the lungs fully; and haziness on x-rays. For more information about popcorn lung disease symptoms, contact Attorney Dean Gresham today to discuss your case, your rights, and your options. Wherever you live in the United States, we can help.

If you or a loved one have been exposed to diacetyl and have any of these symptoms, contact us for a free initial consultation.

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