Which physical findings are characteristic of sulfur trioxide and titanium tetrachloride smoke inhalation?

Updated: Oct 15, 2021
  • Author: Keith A Lafferty, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Physical examination findings vary due to length of exposure, concentration of FS smoke, environment of the exposure, and underlying health of the exposed individual. FS smoke exacerbates symptoms of asthma or COPD and can worsen pulmonary function test results in these patients.

Conjunctivitis, corneal erosion, lacrimation, erythema of exposed skin surfaces, and mucosal inflammation may be present. Intense salivation may follow. The individual may have a cough with bloody sputum, dyspnea, hypoxia, rales, or wheezes.


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