Talc Inhalation is a Life-Threatening Condition

Yoram DEKEL1, Lea RATH-WOLFSON1, Carlos RUDNIKI2, Rumelia KOREN2

1Department of Pathology, Hasharon Hospital, Rabin Medical Center, Campus Golda, Petah Tikva, Israel
2Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel


A case of rapidly progressive disease and pulmonary hypertension due to chronic cosmetic talc inhalation is presented. Although an uncommon cause of pulmonary hypertension, talc, especially through intravenous administration, should be included in the etiology of parenchymal pulmonary hypertension. In our case talc inhalation was inadvertent, causing fulminant disease leading to the patient’s death. To our knowledge, this is the first case of inadvertent talc inhalation causing death in adult patient. Pathology & Oncology Research, Vol 10, Nr 4, 231-233, 2004

Key words: talc inhalation; fibrosis; adult respiratory distress syndrome

Received: Oct 5, 2004; accepted: Nov 12, 2004
Correspondence: Rumelia KOREN, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv Tel Aviv 69978, Israel, Fax: 972-3-9372349; E-mail:

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