Which physical findings are characteristic of Teflon particles 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 in patients exposed to Teflon fumes similar to that of patients with chemical inhalation injury, but fever often is present as well. Dyspnea, increased work of breathing, and rales are common. Pulmonary edema usually is mild and typically does not require oxygen supplementation.

More intense toxicity and hypoxia may be seen, requiring more invasive methods of oxygenation and ventilation. Pulmonary edema is also worse if the individual exercises after exposure.


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