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Vaping Causing Immediate and Severe Lung Injuries Among Teens
By Carlos Gamino
Teens across the Midwest have been hospitalized with lung problems after reporting vaping, including 12 in Wisconsin, according to state health officials.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, or DHS, is investigating cases of people with severe lung disease who say they recently vaped or dabbed (vaping marijuana).
So what’s going on?
“We are continuing to interview patients so we can identify a possible cause,” said Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “All patients reported vaping prior to their hospitalization, but we don’t know all the products they used at this time. The products used could include a number of substances, including nicotine, THC, synthetic cannabinoids, or a combination of these.”
All of the patients experienced symptoms like:
•Shortness of breath •Fatigue •Chest pain •Cough •Weight loss
Some of the patients even need assistance breathing, and although DHS says they’ve improved with treatment, physicians don’t know if they’ll suffer long-term damage as a result. DHS is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as coordinating with other states – including Minnesota, which has three confirmed cases, and Illinois, which has six – to find out what’s causing these teens’ illnesses.
In Minnesota, doctors initially thought all the teens had pneumonia or something like it. However, after pneumonia treatment, the kids’ symptoms worsened.
“We are deeply concerned by the severe cases of lung injury associated with vaping that we are currently seeing,” Dr. Emily Chapman, chief medical officer at Children’s Minnesota, said in a news release. “These cases are extremely complex to diagnose, as symptoms can mimic a common infection yet can lead to severe complications and extended hospitalization. Medical attention is essential; respiratory conditions can continue to decline without proper treatment.”
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