Q&A: Vaping and lung disease: This doctor saw the link four years ago

Q&A: Vaping and lung disease: This doctor saw the link four years ago

8/23/2019

Q&A: Vaping and lung disease: This doctor saw the link four years ago

The connection between vaping and lung disease was spotted in a 31-year-old patient in 2015. In this Q&A, Dr. John E. Parker describes what happened.

might be related to vaping and weren’t sure they had seen anything like it before. The doctors were intrigued enough to publish a case report — a type of study on unusual or provocative patient findings — in the medical journal Chest. Case reports can serve as a call to the medical community to be on the lookout, though they sometimes raise more questions than they provide answers. This summer, almost four years later, federal officials began investigating a national outbreak of that has struck more than 150 patients in 16 states. Parker, a professor of pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine at West Virginia University, described what happened. What were the patient’s symptoms were when she arrived? We would view them as classic for what is getting to be called . She was very, very short of breath and had a cough, and we were, of course, very worried that she might have pneumonia or some other acute respiratory illness. And then she was so sick she needed to be intubated. Advertisement What happens next in cases like these? We look for things like a [hemorrhage] or an active infection. And then for lipid-containing macrophages. And then we usually start some antibiotics [and a] low-dose steroid and then support the patient with a ventilator and oxygen and nutrition. And then just kind of wait and see if any other cultures come back to prove anything different than what you might be thinking. Early on, we just felt like it was an unusual case and may not be a common viral or bacterial infection. How did you figure out the cause of her lipoid pneumonia was e-cigarettes? It’s a diagnosis of exclusion. We excluded other [options], and it became the most likely cause. We were convinced enough that the case was submitted for publication and was accepted. Advertisement Once you realized vaping could be to blame, did you contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Food and Drug Administration or any other regulatory agency to tell them about this? We did not. We felt at the time that putting it in the medical literature was appropriate. And if other case reports from other parts of the country came forward, then we’d have more of a clustering of findings that might then warrant research agencies [getting a] better understanding [about] the cause of the disease. Which federal agency would you report it to, if you did? In 2015, the FDA, of course, was still regulating cigarettes, but I don’t think the government had yet decided who would regulate vaping products. So I’m sure it was unclear who we should call. Did you or your team think this was a one-off event when you witnessed it? We really felt that it wasn’t going to be a one-off event and that it was what we usually called in public health a … that it was an example of a respiratory illness that can be caused by this exposure and that it probably wasn’t the first case ever seen nor would it be the last. Was it the first case that you had seen at your institution? To our knowledge it was our first case, but we are humble enough clinicians to realize we may have missed some other cases that we interpreted [as] viral pneumonia or bacterial pneumonia. Have you seen more cases since then? I know we’ve seen a case [of Read more: L.A. Times Health

These were from vaping black market THC products, not Nicotine containing E-Liquid. Maybe do some research before running a misleading headline. StopthePropaganda Scientists saw the link between wireless tech/microwave radiation & cancer, heart tumors, neurological problems, DNA damage, opening the blood-brain barrier, & impaired fertility. But nobody gives a shit about that either. The public has traded their health for downloads and cigs

Texas teen says he nearly died after vaping: 'I really couldn’t get a whole breath in'A Texas teenager says he nearly died after his lung recently collapsed from excessive vaping, KTVT reports.

Vaping Is Suspected in Severe Lung IllnessesU.S. health authorities are investigating the cases of 153 people, mostly teenagers and young adults, who developed severe lung illnesses after using electronic cigarettes, raising new questions about the health risks of the devices. Well considering how many do vape, that is a fairly low number. trying to spread fear on behalf of big tobacco eh? Not that I have anything against tobacco, but your shilling is painfully obvious. Amazon is burning down Vaping could put you ICU with permanent lung damage ..... Americans needs to go back to safer tobacco products for their nicotene......

Illinois patient's death may be first in US tied to vapingIllinois health officials said Friday that a patient who contracted a serious lung disease after vaping has died, which could make it the first death in the United States linked to the smoking alternative that has become popular with teens and young adults. The Illinois Department of Public Health said What they dont understand is that yes there is alot of dangerous CBD oil on the market but, the main danger is the Vape itself. 99.9 of the vape cartridges or brand is made in china. And china don't care about anything but china. Those materials are deadly!!!

Illinois resident dies after lung illness that could be linked to vapingIllinois health officials announced on Friday the death of a person who had vaped and later developed a severe respiratory illness. The death comes amid reports of a growing numbers of lung illnesses across the country that doctors say could be connected to e-cigarettes. JustinRedder84 just saying... Duh. And WTF is with that image?

Illinois health department points to vaping as possible factor in recent deathIllinois health department points to vaping as possible factor in a recent death. MORE: An investigation is underway into more than 30 cases in which individuals experienced respiratory illness after using e-cigarettes or vaping, Illinois officials say. Tell us something we didn’t know. Hong Kong University issued a research on the subject 4 years back, so... So if I read this headline correctly: regarding 1 recent death, in 1 state, the health dept. of that state points to vaping as a 'factor.' Possibly. And this is tweet-worthy?

Illinois patient's death may be first in US tied to vapingAn Illinois patient’s death may be the first in the U.S. tied to vaping. Health officials say about 150 people nationwide have contracted a serious respiratory illness after vaping, though they’re still investigating the possible link. Vape is uh.....ra.... HOW MANY PEOPLE DIED BECAUSE OF CIGARETTES TODAY, ASSOCIATED PRESS? YOU HAVE ENOUGH CHARACTERS TO TWEET THE NUMBER BACK TO ME? This is just an attempt to try and make vaping as cool as smoking



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