A 43-year-old member asked:
what the difference between a pulmonary edema and pulmonary embolism?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Michael Depietro answered
34 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Clot verus fluid: A pulmonary embolism is when a blood clot usually from the vein in the legs/ pelvis breaks off and lodges in the pulmonary arteries. This causes a strain on the right ventricle ( the part of the heart that pumps blood to the lung, along with several other problems. Pulmonary edema is fluid build up in the lungs, usually from heart failure but there are other causes. Symptoms can overlap.
Answered on Sep 28, 2018
Dr. Sue Ferranti answered
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Difference...: Pulmonary edema is excess fluid in the lungs whereas pulmonary embolus is a blood clot in the pulmonary vascular system. They are very different but a pulmonary embolus is one of the many, many causes of pulmonary edema.
Answered on Oct 30, 2018
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