A Canadian teenager has developed a dangerous vaping disease that does not look like a lung disease in US patients. Instead, it resembles the types of workers with lung damage in a microwaves factory that developed before breathing in a buttery aroma.
Doctors have claimed that a previously healthy 17-year-old man has been massively vaporized for months and used several products he bought online through a Canadian retailer before he fell ill last spring. The products were supplied with a variety of flavors: 'green apple', 'dew mountain' and 'cotton candy'.
The boys' family said he vaped deeply and regularly added THC, a major component of marijuana that provides users with a
"Our patient and his family want the public to be aware that what has happened to him can happen to everyone," Dr. Karen Bosma, Head of Report and Critical Care Physician at the London Health Sciences Center in Ontario, Canada. She is also an associate professor at the Lawson Health Research Institute.
Bosma and colleagues reported on the boy's case on Thursday in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
A young man was admitted to the hospital a week after coughing. that he couldn't tremble along with fever and difficulty breathing. His lung function quickly deteriorated and he temporarily ended up in life support.
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Closely avoided the need for double lung transplantation, doctors said, but it seems that chronically damaged lung remains.
Bosma told NBC News that a young man's lung CT scan showed airway injury and had difficulty breathing carbon dioxide.
Despite the similarities in symptoms, young man's lung disease appears to be slightly different from more than 2,000 cases in the US.
Many patients in the United States damage the small air bags responsible for the infiltration of oxygen and carbon dioxide into and out of the lungs.
Doctors in Canada could not find this kind of damage. Instead, they saw another species that looks like what is commonly called "popcorn lungs".
The term "popcorn lungs" comes from the sick working in a microwave factory that developed nearly twenty years ago: a condition called bronchiolitis obliterans. Some were so ill that they were recommended for lung transplantation.
A lengthy investigation revealed that the cause of the disease was inhaled diacetyl, buttery aroma. It is no longer used in most large popcorn companies.
It is unclear whether the same chemical was found in the Canadian boy's e-fluids. The products he impregnated were discarded.
In the summer, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it was considering adding diacetyl to the list of chemicals found in tobacco products known to be harmful. The chemical flavor is approved for use in food, but not in aerosol products.
Adolescent addiction experts say it's the flavor of e-cigarettes that attracts young people. The Trump administration seems to have withdrawn from the proposed ban on flavorings, although the FDA has the power to move forward with such restrictions.
Disease control and prevention centers are scheduled to update their weekly record of vaping-related diseases. throughout the territory later on Thursday.
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