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Many with vaping lung injury may have lingering symptoms

JAMA Network Open
Reuters Health - 26/11/2020 - Most patients who develop e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) are young white males, and nearly all admit to using illegal e-cigarettes containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a new case series of 31 patients shows. Patients typically presented with flu-like illness, elevated inflammatory markers, and an organizing pneumonia pattern on computed tomography (CT), and many had residual symptoms, radiographic opacities and abnormal lung function at follow-up, Dr. Scott K. Aberegg of the University of Utah School of Medicine (UUMC) in Salt Lake City and colleagues report in JAMA Network Open. A nationwide outbreak of EVALI in 2019 led to more than 2,800 hospitalizations and 68 confirmed deaths, Dr. Aberegg and his team note in their report. Researchers eventually established that the illness was caused by adulterants used in black-market vape cartridges, including vitamin E acetate. Patients in the series...

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