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Nakamura Y, Fujimoto H, Uetani K, Sumda T, Higashimoto Y, Funasako M, Ohata M, A case of chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis due to long term exposure to toluene diisocyanate, Nippon Kyobu Shikkan Gakkai Zasshi, 1995;33:429-432,

Keywords: Japan, paint, paint sprayer, sprayer, alveolitis, isocyanate, case report, TDI

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A 55-year-old paint sprayer, who had been working with paint containing toluence diisocyanate since age 20, was admitted to our hospital with a complaint of exertional dyspnea. Physical examination revealed clubbed fingers, and fine crackles were audible in both lower lung fields. The thoracic CT film showed diffuse linear and ringed shadows in both lung fields. Open lung biopsy disclosed alveolitis and fibrosis as well as infiltration of mononuclear cells, but no Masson bodies or granulomas. Toluene diisocyanate-specific antibody was positive. Based on these results, we diagnosed chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis due to the chemical. To our knowledge, there has been no previously reported case of chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis due to isocyanate 584-84-9 (Toluene 2,4-Diisocyanate)

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