Lung Transplantation for the Treatment of Vaping Induced, Irreversible, End Stage Lung Injury
Nemeh H, Coba V, Chulkov M, Gupta A, Yeldo N, Chamogeorgakis T, Tanaka D, Allenspach L, Simanovski J, and Shanti C. Lung Transplantation for the Treatment of Vaping Induced, Irreversible, End Stage Lung Injury. Ann Thorac Surg 2020.
The Annals of thoracic surgery
Recently, there has been a rise in the incidence of E-cigarettes/Vaping Associated Lung Injury (EVALI) in the United States mostly involving Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)(1). Present treatment strategies for EVALI are aimed at controlling the inflammatory and infectious etiologies in addition to supportive care(2). While most patients improve with supportive measures(3,4) the long-term pulmonary effects of this illness are still not well defined. In this report, we describe a case of EVALI resulting in progressive, irreversible destruction of the lung parenchyma that was treated with double lung transplantation.
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