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rt points out that acute eosinophilic pneumonia is a condition recognized only in the last 15 years, and is of uncertain etiology. The expert notes that five other firefighters at the disaster site were offered the same treatment for similar complaints and recovered. However, this firefighter is the only one to have broncho-alveolar lavage that could distinguish true eosinophilic pneumonia. He points out that the analysis of dust from the World Trade Center found predominately coarse particles of cement and gypsum that were extremely alkaline, making the dust potentially very irritating to the respiratory system. On the subject of protective devices or "masks" for respiration, the expert notes that most users find the discomfort of the mask difficult to tolerate for more than brief periods. He hopes that out of this disaster will come new ways of protecting the respiratory systems of those who risk their lives to save others. The research and editorial appear in the second issue for September 2002 of the American Thoracic Society's peer-reviewed American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.


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