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Dr. Carlo Hatem Dr. Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
21 years in practice
American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine
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Could I need cpap if I have pulmonary edema?

Could I need cpap if I have pulmonary edema?

Yes: Pulmonary edema caused by congestive heart failure gets better quicker with cpap. In other cases it is used to minimize the need for life support with a breathing tube. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
616 doctors shared insights

Fluid In The Lungs (Definition)

Fluid around lungs has many causes. It can be exudate(thick i.E pus from infection, malignancy etc) or transudative(heart failure). It may be treated based on the problem found by sampling(thoracentesis). Labs on the fluid help the clinician determine the etiology. For recurring pleural fluid, sometime pleuradesis is necessary to hep prevent recurrance. Need ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Werner Dr. Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
40 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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If you used a cpap on somebody with pulmonary edema where does the fluid in the alveoli get pumped out to?

If you used a cpap on somebody with pulmonary edema where does the fluid in the alveoli get pumped out to?

Alveoli=airspace: In between the airspaces (alveoli) are blood vessels in the interstitium of the lung. In pulmonary edema, fluid diffuses from the vessels into the air spaces an dinterferes with gas exchange. CPAP pushes it back into the vessels where it belongs. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat Dr. Rafat
Podiatry
18 years in practice
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
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Dr. Sue Ferranti Dr. Ferranti
Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
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Could pulmonary edema be life threatening just by itself?

Could pulmonary edema be life threatening just by itself?

Yes....: If the pulmonary edema is of rapid onset and is extensive, it could be life-threatening. If this diagnosis is suspected, an evaluation by a doctor is needed asap, perhaps even in the er if symptoms are severe. ...Read more

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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas Dr. Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology
25 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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Could forced drinking cause noncardiogenic pulmonary edema in elderlies?

No one should be : Forced to take liquids. If a patient is being assisted with oral intake, care should be taken that the right amounts are being administered fluid overload can cause CHF and pulmonary edema. ...Read more

Dr. Pedro Hernandez Dr. Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
36 years in practice
University of Costa Rica Faculty of Medicine
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Could pulmonary edema ever resolve on its own if left untreated?

Could pulmonary edema ever resolve on its own if left untreated?

Watch out!: Pulmonary edema is life threatening. Unless the patient gets dehydrated or with significant fluid restriction it is dangerouse. It is caused by many things like congestive heart failure, fluid overload and disorders that elevate the pulmonary pressure. It requires attention soon. If patient takes diuretics it may resolve. Find the cause and treat. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh Dr. Walsh
Addiction Medicine
13 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Waht causes pulmonary edema?

Waht causes  pulmonary edema?

Many things: Anything that allows fluid to leak from the blood or lymphatics into the lung tissue and air spaces. Infection, heart failure, sever protein malnutrition, trauma, kidney failure, etc can all do it. Overwhelming the hydrostic equilibrium or decreasing the oncotic pressure all allow fluid to move into the lung. ...Read more

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Dr. George Ciechanowski Dr. Ciechanowski
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
36 years in practice
Medical Academy of Wroclaw
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What's pulmonary edema made of?

What's pulmonary edema made of?

Fluid from vessels: Usually a more or less protein rich fluid leaking out of blood vessels in the lungs depending on the cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Lokesh Guglani Dr. Guglani
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
17 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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What are the signs of pulmonary edema?

Symptoms or signs?: Presuming that you are asking about symptoms of pulmonary edema - shortness of breath, cough, increased sputum production with a slight pink tinge, decreased exercise capacity, feeling tired etc. Signs are findings on physical examination that your doctor will be able to find. ...Read more

Dr. Ankush Bansal Dr. Bansal
Internal Medicine
13 years in practice
Creighton University School of Medicine
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Is pulmonary edema curable?

Depends: Pulmonary edema is a symptom, not a disease or condition. It all depends on what is causing the pulmonary edema. If, for example, due to heart failure, it may be treatable. If due to metastatic lung cancer, it may not. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael DePietro Dr. DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
31 years in practice
Hahnemann Medical College
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Is pulmonary edema a circulation problem?

Sort of: Pulmonary edema can be related to heart failure. If the heart fails as a pump, this elevates the blood pressure in the pulmonary circulation, because the fluid gets "backed up", the elevated pressure causes the capillaries to leak fluid into the air spaces. In non cardiac edema, there is an inflammatory injury to the capillaries, from a toxin or infection etc.. This causes the capillaries to leak. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor Dr. Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
29 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Is it possible to X-ray a pulmonary edema?

Is it possible to X-ray a pulmonary edema?

Yes,: pulmonary edema can generally be visualized on a chest xray, but the appearance is not entirely specific. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Are pulmonary edema and pneumonia the same?

Are pulmonary edema and pneumonia the same?

No: Pulmonary edema(pe) is a backup of moisture/fluid that leaks into the tissues of the lung & may leak into the air exchange chambers. Pneumonia(pn) is an inflamatory process in the lungs usually caused by an infection by a germ (virus, bacteria) but could be caused by chemicals (stomach acid).Rx for pe &pn are very different. ...Read more

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Dr. Philip Chao Dr. Chao
Radiology
34 years in practice
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
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How do pneumonia and pulmonary edema differ?

Very different cause: Pneumonia is an infection of your lung tissue. Pulmonary edema is fluid which builds up due to various causes of lung inflammation or from yoru heart. It can also occur from toxinsa to your lung. ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg Dr. Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
27 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Why don't lungs fail during pulmonary edema?

They often do: Pulmonary edema is one of the most common causes of respiratory failure. That's why we have ventilators and icus. Less severe cases of pulmonary edema can be tolerated well enough to avoid respiratory failure. Just like a rain, its a matter of degree. You can have a light shower, or a deluge and flash-flooding. ...Read more

Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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When does pulmonary edema occur in a patient?

When does pulmonary edema occur in a patient?

Pulmonary edema: read this: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pulmonary-edema/basics/definition/con-20022485

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Dr. Sue Ferranti Dr. Ferranti
Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
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Is it possible for pulmonary edema to kill you?

Yes....: Pulmonary edema is when there is fluid build up in the lungs. This can occur for a variety of reasons including congestive heart failure, pneumonia, pulmonary embolus, adult respiratory distress syndrome, heart attack, etc. If there is a lot of fluid and if it builds up rapidly, it can be life-threatening or even fatal. So, any sudden onset of shortness of breath should be evaluated in the er! ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Clifford Dr. Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
39 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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Is pulmonary edema usual in dry drowning cases?

Not sure: I don't know what you mean by dry drowning since it necessarily requires that the lungs fill with fluid to be termed drowning. Suffocation can occur without the lungs filling with pulmonary edema, but all cases of drowning have fluid in the lungs. ...Read more

Dr. Dennis Clifford Dr. Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
39 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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How serious is a pulmonary edema in a 15 year old?

How serious is a pulmonary edema in a 15 year old?

Very: Pulmonary edema is serious at any age, but its rarity at 15 makes it particularly concerning. Congenital heart disease is frequently present to cause this in an adolescent. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Ein Dr. Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
44 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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Are pulmonary edema and pneumonia the same thing?

No: Pulmonary edema is uninfected fluid in the alveoli of the lung usually do to congestive heart failure or to ARDS (non cardiogenic pulmonary edema or adult respiratory distress syndrome). Pneumonia is an infection of the lung tissue with infected fluid in the alveoli or interstitial tissues. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


Dr. Louis Gallia
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Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (Definition)

Continuous positive airway pressure involves the constant application of external pressure to all phases of breathing. The patient would feel as if breathing against the constant headwind. Inhalation would be easier as the pressure enables air entry. Exhalation prevents complete relaxation. This can be helpful in obstructive sleep ...Read more