Tuesday February 25, 2020

Mystery Lung Illness Linked to Vaping Reported in Nearly 100 People in US

As of August 15, 2019, we are aware of 15 confirmed cases

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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) said it is investigating a cluster of people with severe lung disease who all reported recent vaping or dabbing -- vaping marijuana oils, extracts, or concentrates. Pixabay

Health officials in the US are reportedly investigating nearly 100 cases of young adults with severe respiratory problems in 14 states.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) said it is investigating a cluster of people with severe lung disease who all reported recent vaping or dabbing — vaping marijuana oils, extracts, or concentrates.

“As of August 15, 2019, we are aware of 15 confirmed cases. Fifteen other cases are under further investigation,” it said.

While the department first saw cases among teenagers and young adults, cases in older age groups also emerged later.

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Health officials in the US are reportedly investigating nearly 100 cases of young adults with severe respiratory problems in 14 states. Pixabay

According to a National Public Radio (NPR) report, the cluster was first detected by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where eight previously healthy teenagers were hospitalised with severe lung damage.

The patients showed respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath and fatigue. The symptoms worsened over a period of days or weeks before admission to the hospital. Other symptoms reported by some patients included fever, anorexia, pleuritic chest pain, nausea and diarrohea, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services said.

Similar cases have also been reported from other states as well.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US is helping the health departments in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana and California to “investigate whether the illnesses may be linked to specific ingredients or contaminants in the devices or substances associated with e-cigarette use”, a spokesperson for the CDC told NPR.

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While state officials have confirmed at least 31 cases, the CDC said it is probing 94 possible cases in 14 states, according to a report in The Washington Post. (IANS)

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Vaping Can Cause Breathing and Swallowing Problems in Teenagers, Says Study

This teenager's use of e-cigarettes is the most plausible reason for this subacute epiglottitis diagnosis

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According to the researchers, every throat culture and biopsy result showed no evidence of fungal, bacterial or viral infection, acid-fast bacilli or other malignancy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2,668 people in the US have been hospitalised for e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury, as of Jan 14, 2020. Pixabay

Researchers have revealed that using e-cigarette or vaping may cause breathing and swallowing problem in teenagers.

According to the study, published in the journal Pediatrics, a teenage girl with no hint of prior asthma or respiratory illness began to feel hoarseness in her throat and a feeling that she needed to clear her throat frequently.

Within a few weeks, her hoarseness and throat-clearing worsened with early morning voice loss and feeling as if food were lodged in her throat. She started having trouble swallowing and began to avoid food all together.

Examining her throat, pediatrician confirmed moderate swelling and a partially obstructed airway draped with thick chartreuse-colored mucus. The teen had no history of an autoimmune disorder, no international travel and no exposure to animals. She had no fever and had received all her scheduled immunisations.

But in speaking with doctors at Children’s National Hospital in the US, the teen had admitted to using candy-and fruit-flavoured e-cigarettes three to five times with her friends over the two months preceding her symptoms. The last time she vaped was two weeks before her unusual symptoms began.

“With epiglottitis – an inflammation of the flap found at the base of the tongue that prevents food from entering the trachea – our first concern is that an underlying infection is to blame,” says study author Michael Jason Bozzella.

“This teenager’s use of e-cigarettes is the most plausible reason for this subacute epiglottitis diagnosis, a condition that can become life-threatening,” said Kathleen Ferrer, a hospitalist at Children’s National and the case report’s senior author.

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Researchers have revealed that using e-cigarette or vaping may cause breathing and swallowing problem in teenagers. Pixabay

“This unusual case adds to a growing list of toxic effects attributable to vaping. While we normally investigate infectious triggers, like Streptococci, Staphylococci and Haemophilus, we and other health care providers should also consider e-cigarettes as we evaluate oro-respiratory complaints,” Ferrer added.

According to the researchers, every throat culture and biopsy result showed no evidence of fungal, bacterial or viral infection, acid-fast bacilli or other malignancy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2,668 people in the US have been hospitalised for e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury, as of Jan 14, 2020.

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The Children’s National case report’s authors said the increasing use of vaping products by teenagers highlights the potential for unknown health risks to continue to grow. (IANS)