The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is sharing tips for radiologists who are faced with vaping-related lung disease, and it has also put a specific name to the deadly ailment.
E-cigarette- or vaping-associated lung injury—“EVALI,” as they’re calling it—has already affected about 1,300 individuals across the U.S., killing 26. The CDC has not identified the precise cause of these cases, but noted that the commonality across this “concerning outbreak” is the use of vaping products. Until details become clearer, the center released interim clinical guidance on Friday, Oct. 11, for the initial assessment, evaluation and management of EVALI.
“CDC will continue its investigation of the cause or causes so that we can bring an end to lung injury cases associated with e-cigarette use.” Director Robert Redfield, MD, said in a statement.
Health officials said EVALI is currently considered a “diagnosis of exclusion,” since there are not specific markers to denote its presence. Confronted with the condition, providers should consider multiple causes and evaluate alternative diagnoses, according to the CDC.