Bronchiolitis obliterans, also known as popcorn lung disease, is caused by inhalation of Diacetyl, a chemical used for butter flavoring. It is commonly known to affect employees of popcorn factories who are exposed to the toxicity of the airborne compound. There also have been reported cases of the disease in heavy consumers of microwave popcorn. More about the disease.
This disease impacts the bronchiole tubes in the lungs, creating buildup and obstructions that make it difficult to properly expand the lungs. This devastating disease is permanent; damage cannot be relieved by removing exposure to Diacetyl and there is no cure. The only solution currently available is a lung transplant.
Popcorn lung disease symptoms include shortness of breath, hardening lung tissue, persistent cough, and other respiratory problems. Misdiagnoses as asthma or emphysema are common. More
If you have reason to believe you or a loved one has been exposed to Diacetyl and are experiencing these symptoms, contact a doctor as soon as possible. For a free, no-obligation consultation on your legal options, contact our attorneys. We operate on a contingency fee, meaning we only get paid if we win your case, so there is no financial risk for you. We are here to help you obtain the compensation and justice you deserve.