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Can increased water consumption cause pulmonary edema?

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Dr. Kim Kuhar
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
No: Not unless you have heart disease.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Depends : You couldn't drink yourself into pulmonary edema if you had a normal heart and kidneys. It would be virtually impossible. If you have heart failure, however, or kidneys that are not functioning normally, then definitely you can get pulmonary edema from too much water consumption. The same goes if you take too much salt and have abnormal heart or kidney function.
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 18 years experience
I have actually cared for someone with psychogenic polydypsea who drank himself onto a ventilator and hemodialysis... No underlaying renal or cardiac disease found and any point... But this is extremely rare, and we are writing his case up.
Aug 9, 2012
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Yes: Very likely to happen if you have heart failure or kidney failure. If you have a normal heart and normal kidneys, other problems develop before pulmonary edema.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
A Verified Doctoranswered
44 years experience
Probably not: As long as the heart and lungs and kidneys are performing normally, pulmonary edema shouldn't occur. If congestive heart failure is already present, then excessive fluid intake can cause pulmonary edema.

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