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As of Tuesday, Jan. 7, the CDC has reported 2,602 confirmed and probable cases in all 50 states of severe acute respiratory distress syndrome associated with a recently inhaled drug aerosol (commonly known as vaping). As many as 57 deaths across 27 states may be directly or indirectly related to the seven-month-old injury series. Here’s what you need to know.
Sickened lungs show up as cloudy on the left X-ray, and clear after treatment of one suspected VAPI patient in Utah. (Courtesy University of Utah)
An oil-laden immune cell extracted from a VAPI patient in Utah (left). On the right, a normal macrophage. Doctors have found lipid-laden macrophages in some but not all patients. Biopsies of 17 patients found “foamy macrophages and pneumocyte vacuolization” in all 17 samples. (Courtesy Andrew Hansen, Jordan Valley Medical Center)
Leafly originally published this story Sept. 6. We updated it again Jan. 10 at 3:20 p.m. PST.
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