Doctor: Knowledge of vaping-related illness symptoms key in diagnosis


TAKEN TO A VETERINARIAN FOR EVALUATION. (MM) WITH AN INCREASE IN REPORTED ILLNESSES —-BELIEVED TO HAVE STEMMED FROM VAPING — WE WANTED TO KNOW—- WHY IT SEEMS PEOPLE ARE GETTING SICK SO QUICKLY. SO WE SAT DOWN WITH A LOCAL DOCTOR. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER MOLLY O’BRIEN JOINS US NOW LIVE IN STUDIO WITH — MORE DETAILS. (MO) WHILE EXPERTS WORK ON IDENTIFYING A CAUSE FOR LUNG INJURY LINKED WITH VAPING… A DOCTOR WITH OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN PULMONARY CARE TELLS ME AWARENESS ABOUT VAPING RELATED LUNG INJURY IS KEY TO TREATMENT. OVER ONE THOUSAND CASES OF LUNG INJURY LINKED WITH VAPING HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL. ABOUT 80 PERCENT OF THOSE PATIENTS ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 35. THOSE NUMBERS… ALONG WITH RISING FATALITIES… FRIGHTEN DOCTOR WALTER DONAT WITH BRIGHAM AND WOMEN’S PULMONARY ASSOCIATES AT CARE NEW ENGLAND. “WHEN YOU SEE SUCH A CATASTROPHIC ILLNESS IN YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE HEALTHY LUNGS FROM VAPING IT SENDS A SHUTTER DOWN YOUR SPINE.” DONAT SAYS TREATING PATIENTS CAN BE DIFFICULT….CONSIDERING LUNG INJURY CASES CAN LOOK LIKE AN INFECTION, AN AUTO IMMUNE DISEASE OR PNEUMONIA. BECAUSE XRAY AND CT IMAGING ISN’T SPECIFIC ENOUGH….DONAT SAYS VAPING RELATED LUNG INJURY KNOWLEDGE AMONG THE PULMONARY CARE COMMUNITY IS KEY. “THERE’S NO ONE ELEMENT THAT WILL BE A DIAGNOSTIC, SO IT HAS TO BE DIAGNOSTIC AND HEIGHTENED LEVEL OF SUSPICION WITH A COMPATIBLE CLINICAL PRESENTATION THAT WILL HELP DOCTORS MAKE A DIAGNOSIS.” UPON STUDYING THE CASES…DONAT BELIEVES CASES ARE INHALATIONS INJURIES “SOME PEOPLE DESCRIBE IT AS A CHEMICAL BURN IN THE LUNGS” WHILE THE OUTBREAK MAY SEEM ALARMING DONAT NOTES THE LONG TERM IMPACTS OF VAPING ARE STILL UNKNOWN. “IT TOOK 50 YEARS TO FIGURE OUT CIGARETTES ARE HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH AND CAUSE CANCER. WE HAVEN’T HAD 50 YEARS OF VAPING TO FIGURE THAT OUT.” (MO) LAST WEEK WE LEARNED THE RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTED TWO CASES OF LUNG INJURY TO THE CDC. THURSDAY THE CDC RELEASES THE LATEST NUMBERS ON LUNG INJURY CASES ASSOCIATED WITH VAPING.

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