Vaping-associated Lung Injury Successfully Treated With Pulse Dose Corticosteroids : Clinical Pulmonary Medicine

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Vaping-associated Lung Injury Successfully Treated With Pulse Dose Corticosteroids

Loutfy, Adam H. DO*; Rashid, Saadri DO*; Budke, Heidi MD; Praprotnik, Darja MD; Chary, Ajit MD; Lopez, Yuhann K. MD; Rimmer, Clara MD; Geckle, Kimberly DNP; Thomas, Emily BSN; Fadul, Rafid MD*,†

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Clinical Pulmonary Medicine 27(6):p 161-164, November 2020. | DOI: 10.1097/CPM.0000000000000386

Abstract

Electronic cigarettes were developed for the inhalation of flavored nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol via cannabis oil. Recently, there has been an outbreak of vaping-induced lung injuries ranging in severity. We report 3 previously healthy male patients, who presented with acute respiratory failure with a recent history of electronic cigarette use, ultimately diagnosed with lipoid pneumonia. All 3 patients received intravenous high-dose, pulse corticosteroids for short duration with dramatic improvement.

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