Pennsylvania Teen Rushed to ER With Wet Lung after Vaping


The teen was vaping for the past three weeks.

An 18-year-old girl from Pennsylvania required immediate medical attention after she experience peculiar symptoms. The teen was diagnosed with wet lung and doctors believe that her vaping habit is to blame.

Wet Lung Is an Acute Inflammatory Lung Injury

Last week, an 18-year-old girl from Pennsylvania was admitted to the Pittsburgh Medical Center after she accused pneumonia-like symptoms.

According to Dr. Casey Sommerfeld, the girl’s pediatrician, the patient’s symptoms included chest pain, coughing, and shortness of breath.

Believing it to be a form of pneumonia, the doctors administered antibiotics. However, the teen’s condition declined, later developing hypersensitivity pneumonitis, which is a type of lung inflammation.

Additional lab tests revealed that that teenager had a condition called acute respiratory distress syndrome or ‘wet lung.’

As Sommerfeld explained, this kind of inflammatory lung injury can lead to vascular permeability (blood vessels no longer capable of holding blood).

Following the diagnosis, the teen was placed on respiratory support. The doctors also inserted tubes in her chest cavity to drain out the fluids.

The teenager’s condition became the subject of Sommerfeld’s paper, which was recently published in the Pediatrics journal.

As the pediatrician noted, the condition could have been exacerbated by the teen’s asthma.

Regarding the cause of wet lung, Sommerfeld stated that the girl’s vaping habit was probably the trigger.


The teen admitted that she began using her electronic cigarette two or three weeks before being taken to the hospital. However, her symptoms emerged two or three days before.

While Sommerfeld declared that there’s not enough evidence to say that electronic cigarettes are more dangerous than traditional ones, in the long run, she said that certain chemicals found in these electronic devices could trigger similar pulmonary reactions.

Her statement was seconded by Dr. Len Horovitz, a pulmonary specialist, who wrote that propylene glycol and glycerin, two chemicals commonly found in e-cigarettes could damage the respiratory system.

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