Thionyl-chloride-induced lung injury and bronchiolitis obliterans

S. Konichezky*, A. Schattner, T. Ezri, P. Bokenboim, D. Geva

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Thionyl-chloride (TCl) is used in the manufacture of lithium batteries, producing SO2 and HCl fumes on contact with water. We report two cases of accidental TCl exposure resulting in lung injury that may vary from a relatively mild and reversible interstitial lung disease to a severe form of bronchiolitis obliterans causing, after a latent period, an acute/chronic respiratory failure as well as other complications (spontaneous pneumothorax and bronchopleural fistula), previously unreported in TCl fume inhalation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)971-973
Number of pages3
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


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