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A 38-Year-Old Welder With Dyspnea and Iron Overload

Ariel Modrykamien, MD; Howard Christie, PA-C; Carol Farver, MD; Rendell W. Ashton, MD, FCCP
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From the Respiratory Institute (Drs. Modrykamien and Ashton, and Mr. Christie) and Department of Anatomic Pathology (Dr. Farver), Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH.

Correspondence to: Ariel Modrykamien, MD, Respiratory Institute, A90, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44195; e-mail: modryka@ccf.org


The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestjournal.org/site/misc/reprints.xhtml).


© 2009 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2009;136(1):310-313. doi:10.1378/chest.08-2954
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A 38-year-old man presented to the pulmonary clinic with a 9-month history of progressive bandlike burning pain around his chest and sharp stabbing pain anteriorly, along with shortness of breath. He had been a welder for 15 years, making iron dumpsters in a plant. He noticed shortness of breath when climbing stairs and moderate symptoms when walking. He also reported a dry cough. He denied any other systemic symptom and had no other medical or surgical history. He was a nonsmoker.

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