An Unusual Case of EosinophiliaCorrespondence Address :
Dr. Aashika Sunil Janwadkar,
201, Suprabhat, Jeevan Vikas Kendra Marg, Andheri East, Mumbai-400069, Maharashtra, India.
Various inflammatory markers have been used to show an association between welding and respiratory tract disorders due to inhalation of fumes. We hereby present a case of 19-year-old male, welder by occupation who presented with upper respiratory tract infection and was documented to have persistent moderate eosinophilia on serial Complete Blood Count (CBC) examination. This was also confirmed by bone marrow examination which was suggestive of increased eosinophilic precursors. Eosinophils are an inflammatory marker and are increased most commonly in respiratory tract of welders due to inhalation of metal fumes. Treatment with steroid is gratifying and provides short term symptomatic relief. Avoidance of metal fumes and/or change of job is the long term preventive measure. Welding occupation, as a risk factor, should be considered for causation of persistent respiratory tract inflammation with eosinophilia.
Metal fumes, Occupational hazards, Welders
Aashika Sunil Janwadkar, Jitendra Rajendra Ingole. AN UNUSUAL CASE OF EOSINOPHILIA. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2017 April [cited: 2017 May 29 ]; 11:OD19-OD20. Available from
Date of Submission: Nov 26, 2016
Date of Peer Review: Jan 24, 2017
Date of Acceptance: Feb 24, 2017
Date of Publishing: Apr 01, 2017
Financial OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.
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