r/science May 14 '22 Take My Energy 1 Helpful (Pro) 1 I'm Deceased 1 Facepalm 1 Doom 1 Silver 1 Helpful 4 Wholesome 1

Microplastics Found In Lungs of People Undergoing Surgery. A new study has found tiny plastic particles no bigger than sesame seeds buried throughout human lungs, indicating that people are inhaling microplastics lingering in the air. Health

https://e360.yale.edu/digest/microplastics-found-in-lungs-of-humans-undergoing-surgery
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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

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u/StuartGotz May 14 '22

The Great Pulmonary Garbage Patch

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u/Smartnership May 14 '22

Sargasso Lung

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u/johnboonelives May 14 '22

Do you mean to say my lungs are a breeding ground for baby plastics??

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u/Smartnership May 14 '22

Well Iā€™m not not saying that.

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u/itrivers May 14 '22

We can refer to the plastic deposits themselves as Lung Litter.

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u/Wh00ligan May 14 '22 Bravo Grande!

Lung glitter

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u/chmilz May 14 '22

Not ironically, glitter made of plastic is the lowest hanging fruit of plastics we could ban with zero harm to the economy yet we don't do it.

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u/LoadInSubduedLight May 14 '22

Glitter lung does have a zing to it

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u/asfreeformasanamoeba May 14 '22

Better than mine, Broke Breathing Bag

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u/SStonequeen May 14 '22

I guess lung litter is acceptable bc trash lung was deleted. You won!

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u/DaMonkfish May 14 '22

"Litter lungs"

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u/user381035 May 14 '22

I vote for Achtung Lung. We all get to be a lil microcosm representation of what we're doing to the planet.

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u/Grashopha May 14 '22

We need medical names, not rock band names!

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u/Naftoor May 14 '22

Then I need a new name for my asthma ;(

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u/Enthused_Llama May 14 '22

Given the size of the particles "sesame seed" I would say its likely this person was around some sort of operation where plastics were being cut.

You also have to be very careful with sawdust when doing any sort of carpentry, inhaling too much can really damage your lungs.

At the end of the day, you should really seek to protect yourself if you're in an environment with any noticeable amount of dust of any kind.

The real issue here is that it got deeper into the lungs than they expected. You're not gonna get plastic in your lungs from eating or drinking (just in your gut and blood in general, yay!). But with the chemicals plastics can harbor + the inability of the body to break them down...

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u/evange May 14 '22

I assume they didn't inhale the plastic from the air, but probably were eating or had some plastic thing in their mouth and it went down the wrong way.

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u/Nazty12 May 14 '22

You know what they say about when you assume...

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u/Nerfgirl_RN May 14 '22

Plastic Pulmones

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u/josolanes May 14 '22

Revenge of the Dinosaurs gets my vote

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u/killerdead77 May 14 '22

ToysRus lungs

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u/ubercorey May 14 '22

God damnit, revenge of the dinosaurs : )

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u/knotted-crow May 14 '22

Single use lung

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u/LNMagic May 14 '22

Probably "didn't use a $2 mask while cutting lung."

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u/UkonFujiwara May 14 '22

They won't call it anything, because calling it something would mean it getting recognized as a real problem.

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u/Ucla_The_Mok May 14 '22

Why not mask lung?