Cadmium chemical pneumonitis

Chest. 1984 Nov;86(5):789-91. doi: 10.1378/chest.86.5.789.


Metal fume exposures are common to a number of trades and may result in the self-limited acute toxic syndrome of metal fume fever. Acute inhalational cadmium toxicity may mimic metal fume fever on initial presentation, but may have a markedly different clinical course. We report a case of cadmium-induced chemical pneumonitis in a welder who, over four years, has shown persistent pulmonary function abnormalities. The potential for acute cadmium toxicity needs to be considered in any patient suspected of having metal fume fever.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cadmium Poisoning*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Occupational Diseases / chemically induced*
  • Pneumonia / chemically induced*
  • Welding*