Over time, inflammation associated with popcorn lung causes lung tissues and airways to scar and narrow, causing breathing difficulties.
Popcorn lung gets its name from a chemical called Diacetyl, which was once commonly used to give food products, such as popcorn, a rich, buttery flavour. In fact, the condition was first identified among popcorn factory workers who inhaled the chemical in the workplace.
Popcorn lung is also known as obliterative bronchiolitis, bronchiolitis obliterans, or constrictive bronchiolitis. Popcorn lung can be mistaken for a different condition called bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia (BOOP).
Cause of Popcorn Lung
Chemical damage to the lung tissues can cause popcorn lung, as can a few other factors. Although some hereditary conditions can cause popcorn lung, it is not considered an inheritable disorder.