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Bronchiolitis obliterans

Popcorn Lung Disease, or Bronchiolitis Obliterans

Popcorn lung disease, formally known as bronchiolitis obliterans, is a bronchiolar airway disorder of the lungs in which the bronchioles are plugged with granulation tissue. Although there are rare causes related to transplant rejection or inhalation of toxic gasses, the disease is most commonly found in workers in microwave popcorn factories . It appears to result from airborne Diacetyl, a butter flavoring used in popcorn, candy, potato chips, and other food products.

A law firm handling most of the bronchiolitis obliterans cases nationwide

At the Independence, Missouri, law firm of Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, P.C., our lawyers have accumulated significant knowledge about the disease bronchiolitis obliterans and its causes. Contact us for information about how we can assist you if you or a family member might be suffering from popcorn lung disease. Our law firm has handled the only jury trials in the United States related to bronchiolitis obliterans . We use our knowledge and experience as we work to provide victims with maximum compensation.

Causes and symptoms of bronchiolitis obliterans

The disease is characterized by fixed airway obstructions, or fibrotic obstruction, visible with spirometry. It is sometimes misdiagnosed as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, or emphysema, especially if the only diagnostic test is an x-ray. The illness occurs most frequently in young, non-smoking males. There is no cure except a lung transplant .

Symptoms of bronchiolitis obliterans include:

  • Eye, mucous membrane, respiratory system, skin irritation
  • Persistent dry cough, phlegm production, wheezing, dyspnea (shortness of breath)
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Episodes of mild fever or generalized aches
  • Severe skin rashes

A law firm with a record of accomplishment

Our law firm is dedicated to helping victims who need financial resources for a lung transplant, medical bills, and income replacement. We have a record of accomplishment, including a 20 million dollar verdict and many other settlements and verdicts. We have developed a network of specialist physicians who know how to diagnose the disease. We refer victims to these doctors if the diagnosis is uncertain. If you believe you or a loved one may be suffering from bronchiolitis obliterans, contact an attorney who knows the disease and how to help victims get the compensation they need.

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An Independence, Missouri, law firm focusing on helping families across the United States whose loved ones are afflicted by popcorn lung disease.