Health Authorities Investigate Dentists Dying Of Lung Disease

  • Health Authorities Investigate Dentists Dying Of Lung Disease

Health Authorities Investigate Dentists Dying Of Lung Disease

It is not known whether this behavior was a pattern with others that had the disease.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that an observation of patients at the Virginia Care Center led to the discovery that dentists had a high occurrence of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.

The disease is often fatal: Of the nine cases, seven have died, the report said. Approximately 75 percent of the known IPF patients are male, and nearly all are older than 50 at the time of diagnosis. Although the dentists only represented 1 percent of the number with the disease, only 0.038 percent of people in the USA are dentists. This means he could have been exposed to particles of silica in the air or other compounds that can have potentially toxic effects on the respiratory system, the report said. Though the reason for illness has not been identified, occupational exposures are possible, Nett and his colleagues wrote.

Nine American dentists have died from a mysterious lung disease, leaving experts baffled by the cause of their demise. The study published Friday is the first to show a link between IPF and dentistry. Though the agency has mentioned that dentists and dental personnel are exposed to ionizing radiation, airborne particulates, chemicals, infectious agents and other likely hazardous materials.

In April, 2016, a Virginia dentist who had just been diagnosed with IPF and was undergoing treatment at a specialty clinic called the CDC with a warning: Several other dental professionals had sought treatment at the same facility.

The CDC reported that idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis affected eight male dentists and a dental technician out of 900 patients studied, Newsweek reported.

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis causes scarring in the lung tissue. National Institutes of Health explain. Then the thickened lung tissue faces difficulties in ingesting oxygen into blood vessels and relieves the crucial organs such as heart and brain.

Well, unusual to know, that dentists are dying due to lung disease, but what's the exact reason behind this disease, yet not found. Going in depth, once the patient has been diagnosed with this disease, there is hardly three to five year of survival chances.

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

"Although the etiology of IPF is unknown, exposures that have been suggested as contributing factors include viral infections, cigarette smoking, and occupations where exposure to dust, wood dust, and metal dust are common", the CDC said. The initial stage, symptoms that most of the patient's experience is dry chronic cough, joint and muscle pain, weight loss, clubbed fingers and toes, as well as shortness of breath.