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J Am Dent Assoc. 2016 Nov;147(11):891-896. doi: 10.1016/j.adaj.2016.03.018. Epub 2016 May 6.

Electronic cigarette explosions involving the oral cavity.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW:

The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is a rapidly growing trend throughout the United States. E-cigarettes have been linked to the risk of causing explosion and fire.

CASE DESCRIPTION:

Data are limited on the associated health hazards of e-cigarette use, particularly long-term effects, and available information often presents conflicting conclusions. In addition, an e-cigarette explosion and fire can pose a unique treatment challenge to the dental care provider because the oral cavity may be affected heavily. In this particular case, the patient's injuries included intraoral burns, luxation injuries, and alveolar fractures.

CONCLUSIONS AND PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS:

This case report aims to help clinicians gain an increased knowledge about e-cigarette design, use, and risks; discuss the risk of spontaneous failure and explosion of e-cigarettes with patients; and understand the treatment challenges posed by an e-cigarette explosion.

KEYWORDS:

Electronic cigarette; fire; mouth injuries; tobacco-use cessation

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PMID:
27158079
DOI:
10.1016/j.adaj.2016.03.018
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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