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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
April 24, 2018

Dentists at Risk of Lung Disease?

JAMA. 2018;319(16):1650. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.4585

Investigators from the CDC recently reported a cluster of 9 cases of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) among dentists and other dental professionals in Virginia between 2000 and 2015.

The investigation was triggered by a call from a dentist who was being treated for IPF at a Virginia hospital in 2016. The condition is a progressive, fibrosing interstitial pneumonia with a median survival of 3 to 5 years after diagnosis. In fact, 7 of the 9 patients identified by the CDC had already died.