Prolonged fever associated with inhalation of multiple pyrolysis products

Ann Emerg Med. 1986 Jul;15(7):831-3. doi: 10.1016/s0196-0644(86)80384-5.


A case of smoke inhalation with a self-limited but prolonged febrile course, including headaches and chills, is reported. A final diagnosis of polymer fume fever was made, although the duration of fever was longer than generally has been reported with this syndrome. Pyrolysis products involved included those of polyurethane, methylene chloride, and polytetrafluoroethylene ("Teflon"). The results of toxicological testing are reported and discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Burns, Inhalation / complications*
  • Fever / chemically induced
  • Fever / etiology*
  • Headache / chemically induced
  • Humans
  • Hydrocarbons, Chlorinated / adverse effects*
  • Male
  • Methylene Chloride / adverse effects*
  • Occupational Diseases / chemically induced*
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene / adverse effects*
  • Polyurethanes / adverse effects*
  • Shivering
  • Time Factors


  • Hydrocarbons, Chlorinated
  • Polyurethanes
  • Methylene Chloride
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene