Self-injection with olive oil. A cause of lipoid pneumonia

Chest. 1995 Mar;107(3):875-6. doi: 10.1378/chest.107.3.875.


A 48-year-old man with unipolar depression and a psychosexual problem concerning his body image was injecting his scrotum repeatedly with olive oil to increase the size of his genitals. He developed respiratory failure following accidental intravenous injection of olive oil and was found to have lipogranulomatous lesions in the lung and the scrotum.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Body Image
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Humans
  • Injections
  • Lung / pathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Plant Oils / adverse effects*
  • Pneumonia, Lipid / etiology*
  • Pneumonia, Lipid / pathology
  • Scrotum
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological


  • Plant Oils