A 43-year-old member asked:
What the difference between a pulmonary edema and pulmonary embolism?
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Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
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.
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Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
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Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Another thought: The formation of a clot in the lung may originate in the lung as well. If there is underlying lung disease or cardiac disease, then these are risk factors potentially for the formation of an embolism.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Is pulmonary edema and pulmonary embolism one and the same?
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Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
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