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CDC Says Lung disease killed Dentists very fast

CDC Says Lung disease killed Dentists very fast”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are trying to figure out what killed seven from nine dental workers who were being analyzed as part of a medical cluster at a Virginia hospital.

Health officials are trying to figure out why dentists are dying after discovering a odd pattern in cases of a lung disease. But Newsweek notes dentists and dental technicians make up only about 0.038% of the United States population.

"A questionnaire was administered to one of the living patients, who reported polishing dental appliances and preparing amalgams and impressions without respiratory protection", according to the CDC.

About 85 percent of IPF patients also have a chronic, mainly dry cough that persists for more than eight weeks. "Substances used during these tasks contained...known or potential respiratory toxicity".

Even though CDC investigators have not figured out what, specifically, caused IPF in the patients, the study's release may still do some good.

They all had been diagnosed with what is described as a progressive illness affecting the lungs, but nobody knows what brings the disease on. Furthermore, according to the CDC "although IPF has been associated with certain occupations, no published data exist regarding IPF in dentists". "Although no clear etiologies for this cluster exist, occupational exposures possibly contributed". However, "dental personnel are exposed to infectious agents, chemicals, airborne particulates, ionizing radiation and other potentially hazardous materials".

Dentists experience inhalation exposures that can elevate their risk toward some respiratory diseases related to occupation.

The scarring gets worse over time and the patient finds it hard to take deep breaths and the lungs can not take in ample oxygen. National Institutes of Health explain. The word idiopathic refers to the fact that we do not know the causes of this disease. The thickened lung tissue makes it hard to get oxygen into the blood, depriving crucial organs like the brain and heart.

The median survival age of IPF after diagnosis is three to five years.

There appears to be no recognizable cause for the cases with the dentists.

Before, workers exposed to dust from wood and metal have been warned to take precautions to prevent IPF, but this is the first time the CDC has warned that dentists and the people who work in their offices are vulnerable.

The chief policy officer of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says the report is "not surprising", especially because the IPF patients were older and may not have been using modern practices and protections.

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