What is “Popcorn Lung”

 

Popcorn lung is the popular term given for the disease known as Constrictive Bronchiolitis. Constrictive Bronchiolitis occurs when “the smallest airways carrying air through the lungs, the bronchioles, are scarred and constricted. This can decrease or block air movement through these airways.” People who suffer from this disease have trouble breathing, and may require lifelong care and monitoring.
 
The compound known as Diacetyl is used in the production of microwaveable popcorn. Prolonged exposure to Diacetyl may result in the development of Constrictive Bronchiolitis. Therefore, the name popcorn lung was derived based on this relationship.

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