Acta Paediatr Scand. 1976 Sep;65(5):643-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.1976.tb04945.x.


Inhalation of large quantities of spores from the puffball (lycoperdon), which has been widely used in folk medicine, can cause a respiratory disease with symptoms of pneumonia and widespread densities in the lungs. The course is rather protracted, but the final outcome seems good. Steroids probably shorten the disease. A typical case is reported.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Basidiomycota*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Lung Diseases / drug therapy
  • Lung Diseases / etiology*
  • Prednisone / therapeutic use
  • Radiography


  • Prednisone