Talk of diacetyl has risen in recent years, especially after eight workers at a popcorn plant were diagnosed with bronchiolitis obliterans after prolonged exposure in the early 2000s. For this reason, the disease is also referred to as “popcorn lung“. Bronchiolitis obliterans is a serious lung disease in which the smallest airways of the lungs become permanently blocked by excess scar tissue. It is often misdiagnosed as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or even pneumonia because the symptoms are similar, with the patient experiencing a persistent cough, wheezing, shortness of breath and fatigue. The only treatment for bronchiolitis obliterans is a lung transplant. Diacetyl (DA) is used for artificial ... Read More
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