Acute Inhalation Exposure to Titanium Ethanolate as a Possible Cause of Metal Fume Fever

M Ahmadimanesh, S Shadnia, M Ghazi-Khansari

Abstract


Occupational inhalation exposure to noxious agents is not uncommon. Herein, we present a 26-year-old male student who had accidental acute inhalation exposure to a large quantity of titanium ethanolate and hydrogen chloride in chemistry lab. He was referred to the emergency department of our hospital with low-grade fever, dyspnea, headache, fatigue and myalgia. After 24 hrs of symptomatic treatment (oxygen therapy and acetaminophen), the fever was subsided and the patient discharged home in a good clinical condition. The presented symptoms could be interpreted as a form of metal fume fever. It can therefore be concluded that organo-metallic compound of titanium metal may have the potential to produce metal fume fever in human.

Keywords


Titanium; Metals; Fever; Inhalation exposure; Hydrochloric acid; Gas poisoning; Poisoning




 pISSN: 2008-6520
 eISSN: 2008-6814

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