ROBERT L. MAYOCK, M.D., F.A.C.P.; NOURALLAH BOZORGNIA, M.D.; HARRY F. ZINSSER, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Crude oil and the various fractions derived from it, such as gasoline and kerosene, have toxic properties on inhalation and ingestion that involve principally the central nervous system, liver, kidneys, lungs, and heart.1
Many cases of kerosene poisoning—and frequent deaths—have been reported as a result of accidental ingestion. Bain2 reported that 25% of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States in 1949 and 1950 were due to kerosene; however, this syndrome occurs usually in children in rural areas3 where kerosene is more in use.
The subject of this report is an adult male who developed a pneumonitis with liver damage
MAYOCK RL, BOZORGNIA N, ZINSSER HF. KEROSENE PNEUMONITIS TREATED WITH ADRENAL STEROIDS*. Ann Intern Med. 1961;54:559–566. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-54-3-559
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1961;54(3):559-566.
Adrenal Disorders, Endocrine and Metabolism, Infectious Disease, Pneumonia, Pulmonary/Critical Care.
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