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chemical pneumonia


Definition: pneumonia caused by inhalation of toxic gas, such as phosgene or chlorine, used as weapons of war; exudation into alveoli causes the lungs to be edematous and hemorrhagic; large amounts of fluid that fill the air passages block gaseous exchange; recovery occurs, permanent damage of the lungs remains, and recurrent pulmonary infections are common.

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