Cosmetic Talc–Related Pulmonary Granulomatosis

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Inhalation of cosmetic talc can lead to pulmonary foreign-body granulomatosis, though fewer than 10 cases of inhaled cosmetic talc–related pulmonary granulomatosis have been reported in adults. We report the case of a 64-year-old man with diffuse, bilateral pulmonary nodules and ground glass opacities associated with chronic inhalation of cosmetic talc. Transbronchial biopsy showed peribronchiolar foreign-body granulomas. After cessation of talc exposure, the patient demonstrated clinical and radiographic improvement without the use of corticosteroids. This case demonstrates that a conservative approach with cessation of exposure alone, without the use of corticosteroids, can be an effective therapy in cosmetic talc–related pulmonary granulomatosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017


  • cosmetic talc
  • foreign body
  • granulomatosis
  • inhalational pulmonary granulomatosis
  • pulmonary nodule
  • pulmonary talcosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Safety Research


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