Pneumonitis secondary to silicone lung embolism in transgender women living with HIV


  • Garcia J Francisco J. Muñiz Hospital
  • Benchetrit A Francisco J. Muñiz Hospital
  • Martin I Francisco J. Muñiz Hospital
  • Masuero Y Francisco J. Muñiz Hospital
  • Natiello M Raúl Vaccarezza Institute. Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Lázari N Raúl Vaccarezza Institute. Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Troncoso D Raúl Vaccarezza Institute. Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Solari R Francisco J. Muñiz Hospital
  • Dure R Francisco J. Muñiz Hospital
  • Castro Zorrilla L Raúl Vaccarezza Institute. Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina.


HIV, pneumonitis, dimethylpolysiloxane, silicone, embolism, transgender


Dimethylpolysiloxane (silicone) has been widely used in the last decades in soft tissue augmentation procedures. In Argentina, approximately 54% of transgender people had liquid silicone or industrial oil injection and 91% of them where applied outside the health system. Silicone particles may migrate into lung vessels generating a syndrome similar to fat embolism, usually starting within the 72 hours following silicone injection, although it has been described months to years after. We hereby present two cases of pneumonitis secondary to silicone lung embolism in transgender women living with HIV.


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Garcia J, Benchetrit A, Martin I, Masuero Y, Natiello M, Lázari N, Troncoso D, Solari R, Dure R, Castro Zorrilla L. Pneumonitis secondary to silicone lung embolism in transgender women living with HIV. Int Jour HS [Internet]. 2021 Dec. 3 [cited 2022 Jan. 24];(1). Available from:



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