Podcast 522: e-Cigarette and Vaping Related Lung Injury   - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 522: e-Cigarette and Vaping Related Lung Injury  

Contributor: John Winkler, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Vaping-related lung injury initially presents with flu-like symptoms and can progress to respiratory failure requiring aggressive resuscitation including ECMO
  • It is thought to be related to the contents of homemade vaping fluid, mostly in THC-containing products (“brands” include DankVapes, PaxPen)
  • Ask patients with vague constitutional or respiratory symptoms about their vape use


What are the respiratory effects of e-cigarettes? Gotts JE, Jordt SE, McConnell R, Tarran R BMJ. 2019;366:l5275. Epub 2019 Sep 30.

Pulmonary Illness Related to E-Cigarette Use in Illinois and Wisconsin – Preliminary Report.Layden JE, Ghinai I, Pray I, Kimball A, Layer M, Tenforde M, Navon L, Hoots B, Salvatore PP, Elderbrook M, Haupt T, Kanne J, Patel MT, Saathoff-Huber L, King BA, Schier JG, Mikosz CA, Meiman J N Engl J Med. 2019; 

Vaping-Associated Acute Lung Injury: A Case Series. Triantafyllou GA, Tiberio PJ, Zou RH, Lamberty PE, Lynch MJ, Kreit JW, Gladwin MT, Morris A, Chiarchiaro J. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2019; 

Summarized by Will Dewispelaere, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD

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