“Samosa” Pneumoconiosis: A Case of Pulmonary Talcosis Uncovered During a Medicolegal AutopsyNath, Dhritiman MD*; Vaideeswar, Pradeep MD†; Chaudhary, Jayashri MD†; Vaz, Walter MD*The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: March 2014 - Volume 35 - Issue 1 - p 11–14 doi: 10.1097/PAF.0000000000000076 Case Reports Abstract Author Information Talcosis is a rare form of pneumoconiosis caused by long-term exposure to talc (hydrous magnesium silicate) through inhalation or intravenous exposures. Although it occurs commonly as an occupational hazard or is due to abuse/overuse of talc, talcosis in the course of food adulteration is seldom or hardly reported. We present a case of talcosis in a worker who had considerable exposure to talc during the initial preparation of “samosa,” a triangular fried Indian savory. There were typical pulmonary histological findings of talcosis with extensive deposition of birefringent crystals in histiocytes. On account of this unusual pathogenesis, we have coined a new terminology “samosa pneumoconiosis” to describe this condition. From the Departments of *Forensic Medicine and †Pathology (Cardiovascular and Thoracic Division), Seth GS Medical College, Mumbai, India. Manuscript received August 20, 2012; accepted April 21, 2013. The authors report no conflicts of interest. Reprints: Pradeep Vaideeswar, MD, Department of Pathology (Cardiovascular and Thoracic Division), Seth GS Medical College, Parel, Mumbai 400 012, India. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. © 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.