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Vape-associated lung injury in immediate postoperative period: an upcoming perioperative respiratory risk factor
  1. Manish Gaba,
  2. Naveen Kumar,
  3. Praveen Arumugam and
  4. Arun Dewan
  1. Internal Medicine, Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi, Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Manish Gaba; manishgaba1990{at}


There has been a rapid increase in e-cigarette usage, especially among young adults. E-cigarettes are often thought to be a safe substitute to traditional smoking and are frequently used as a bridge to smoking cessation. E-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury often presents with subacute or acute respiratory failure. We report a case of a young man in his 20s, who developed rapidly worsening respiratory failure in the postoperative period. This case highlights the importance of recognising this entity on time, especially in the perioperative period, and its impact on patient outcomes.

  • Tobacco related disease
  • Smoking and tobacco
  • Respiratory medicine
  • Surgery

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  • Contributors The following authors were responsible for drafting of the text, sourcing and editing of clinical images, investigating results, drawing original diagrams and algorithms, and critical revision for important intellectual content—PA, NK and MG. The following author gave final approval of the manuscript—AD.

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