Symptoms and Treatment of Popcorn Lung
Bronchiolitis Obliterans, also known as popcorn lung, is a rare condition that has been linked to exposure to Diacetyl. Diacetyl is a compound used to flavor popcorn and other butter-flavored snacks. A high percentage of the persons who suffer from symptoms of Bronchiolitis Obliterans, work in the popcorn industry, or in the manufacturing process of other snack foods that use Diacetyl in their flavoring.
If you are employed in this industry, a consultation with Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, pharmaceutical injury attorneys, can help you determine if you have a case.
Symptoms of Popcorn Lung
Symptoms of popcorn lung are very similar to those of other respiratory conditions, and the disease is often mistaken for asthma, pneumonia, or emphysema. Misdiagnosis can have serious consequences, as the results of popcorn lung are severe and irreversible.
Symptoms of popcorn lung include:
- Shortness of breath
- Dry, persistent cough
These symptoms can arise over a period of time, or can come on suddenly. If you are regularly exposed to Diacetyl and develop respiratory symptoms, it is important to check into the possibility of popcorn lung to avoid possible misdiagnosis.
Treatment for Popcorn Lung
Popcorn lung is incurable. It causes irreversible damage and scarring to the small airways within the lungs. While ending repeated exposure to Diacetyl will slow or stop the progress of the disease, it will not produce any improvement. In severe cases, the only recourse is a lung transplant.
Nationwide pharmaceutical injury attorneys Schlichter, Bogard & Denton are experienced in dealing with injury suits involving Diacetyl and popcorn lung. If you need assistance assembling a pharmaceutical injury case, please contact Schlichter, Bogard & Denton to schedule a consultation.