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Vaping-induced lung injury in a 21-year-old woman
  1. Abby Perrenoud1,
  2. Develyn Vetos1 and
  3. Godfrey Wabwire2
  1. 1University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA
  2. 2Department of Internal Medicine, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA
  1. Correspondence to Abby Perrenoud; abby.perrenoud{at}


In the last few years, there has been a significant increase in younger generations using vaping devices as an alternative to smoking. Social media and celebrities have played a major role in its increased popularity. Many consumers believe it to be a relatively safer and healthier choice. We present a case of a 21-year-old, female, non-smoker with vaping exposure who developed severe acute lung injury. Her workup was negative for any other cause of acute lung injury.

  • adult intensive care
  • interstitial lung disease
  • pneumonia (respiratory medicine)
  • smoking and tobacco

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  • Contributors AP and DV prepared the manuscript. GW performed literature review, added images and provided extensive proofreading.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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