According to new research published in New England Journal of Medicine Evidence, chronic use of e-cigarettes can result in asthma-like symptoms.
The study is regarded as the first to microscopically examine the pulmonary tissue of numerous individuals. In four participants, the lungs were examined with noted cases of small airway-centered fibrosis with constrictive bronchiolitis.
“After thorough evaluation for other potential etiologies, vaping was considered to be the most likely common causal etiology for all patients due to the temporal association of symptomatic chronic lung disease with e-cigarette use and partial improvement in symptoms after e-cigarette cessation,” the authors elaborated in their journal report.
‘In this series, we associate the histopathologic pattern of small airway–centered fibrosis, including constrictive bronchiolitis, with vaping, potentially defining a clinical and pathologic entity associated with e-cigarette use.”
The study was conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital.