A fatty cough

Sayed Karar, Aga Khan University
Hammad Bhatti Bhatti, Orlando Veteran Affairs Medical Center


Lipoid pneumonia is a rare form of pneumonia caused by accumulation of exogenous or endogenous lipids in the pulmonary system. Symptoms can often range from being asymptomatic to presenting with chest pain, fevers and shortness of breath. High resolution CT and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) remain important in establishing the diagnosis. The treatment of lipoid pneumonia includes stopping the offending agents and providing supportive therapy. The use of anti-inflammatory agents has shown some benefit in severe cases.