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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. Sue Ferranti
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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


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Can a person go untreated for 3 weeks with a pulmonary edema that was caused by tauma?

Can a person go untreated for 3 weeks with a pulmonary edema that was caused by tauma?

Mgt: It depends on the extent of the injury. Small amounts of fluid can be effectively absorbed. If there is any respiratory compromise, the fluid can be evacuated. ...Read more

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Why does only left-sided heart failure cause pulmonary edema?

Why does only left-sided heart failure cause pulmonary edema?

Not the only: Pul edema is fluid in the lungs due to a shift of fluid from the veins and capillaries to the sorroundings lung tissues.. This can happen when the pressure in the veins rises as in left heart failure or when the veins become leaky because of infection,inflammation toxic chemicals and drugs,etc. The other conditions include high altitude,sudden chest decompression,drowning. ...Read more

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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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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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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

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Could increased water consumption cause pulmonary edema?

Could increased water consumption cause pulmonary edema?

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. ...Read more

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Could inhalation of chlorine gas cause pulmonary edema?

Could inhalation of chlorine gas cause pulmonary edema?

Yes: Typically happens upon exposure to chlorinated bleach fumes. The reaction in the lungs can range from mild to severe requiring life support. More likely to happen in asthmatics. Best is to avoid using chlorinated products, or use in well ventilated areas, preferably wear a mask. ...Read more

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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. Jan Lei Iwata
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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. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more