Thorax 63:267-268 doi:10.1136/thx.2007.089607
  • Case Report

“Popcorn worker’s lung” in Britain in a man making potato crisp flavouring

  1. D J Hendrick
  1. Professor D J Hendrick, Royal Victoria Infirmary and University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LP, UK; d.j.hendrick{at}
  • Received 28 August 2007
  • Accepted 9 December 2007


The case history is presented of a patient who developed “popcorn worker’s lung” following exposure to 2,3-butanedione (diacetyl). Other similar cases are reviewed, and it is concluded that “food flavourer’s lung” may be a more suitable diagnostic label.


  • Competing interests: None.