Absorbent Gelling Material or AGM, also called Super Absorbent Material or SAM, is a powdered product used in consumer products, like diapers, to absorb moisture. When AGM is dry it is granular, similar to sugar. However, when it gets wet it forms a gel as it absorbs liquid. In fact, AGM can retain up to 30 times its weight in liquid, locking it away to help prevent wetness from coming back to the surface of the diaper. When the moisture evaporates, the AGM goes back to being a powder.
These particles are so small they are measured in microns. When AGM is inhaled, these small particles can get into the deep parts of the lungs. Moisture from lung fluid causes the AGM particles to swell. While the AGM particles will revert to near original size when they dry, particles inhaled do not dry.
Inhalation of AGM can lead to inflammation of the lungs, lung fibrosis and chronic lung injury.
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