CDC: 9 tips for diagnosing, treating vaping-related illnesses


The CDC is urging physicians nationwide to report potential cases of vaping-related illnesses.

The agency has shared the following recommendations for providers on diagnosing, treating and reporting vaping-related lung injuries:

  1. Ask all patients who report recent vaping use if they have any symptoms of respiratory illness.

  1. Consider all possible causes of respiratory symptoms and consult with specialists when appropriate.

  1. Providers may need to conduct a bronchoalveolar lavage procedure or lung biopsy to help diagnose a vaping-related illness.

  1. Report potential lung injury cases to local or state health departments within 90 days.

  1. Obtain a detailed history of the patient's vaping behaviors if there is a suspected link to lung injury.

  1. See if the patient's vaping device is available for testing through local or state health departments.

  1. Corticosteroid may be prescribed as an effective treatment for vaping-related illnesses on a case-by-case basis.

  1. Conduct a follow-up evaluation with patients who have received treatment for a vaping-related illness.

  1. Ask your local medical examiner or hospital pathologists to report potential vaping-related deaths, which should then be shared with state health officials.

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