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Is morphine ever used to help with pulmonary edema?

Is morphine ever used to help with pulmonary edema?

Yes: In the past, morphine used to be one of the mainstays of treating pulmonary edema. Beside dilating the vessels, it also takes away the feeling of breathlessness and makes the patient feel better in more than one way. ...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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Is morphine in anyway used to help pulmonary edema?

Used to be.: Morphine has been used as a relaxant to assist with ventilation and support in pulmonary edema cases. It serves as an anxiolytic is supposed to decrease the work of breathing. More recent studies, though, suggest it may cause more harm than good. Nowadays its use is limited to heart attack cases (not pulmonary edema per se). ...Read more

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Why do we use morphine in acute pulmonary edema?

Why do we use morphine in acute pulmonary edema?

Good question: The growing body of evidence derived from clinical studies suggest that its efficacy may be simply from the decrease of anxiety that accompanies shortness of breath. Reducing catacholemines and secondary vasoconstriction in this condition is indeed beneficial, but this effect can be more safely addressed with benzodiazepines - less incidence of respiratory depression. ...Read more

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Morphine helps redistribute blood volume in pulmonary edema. How? And is it causing any reabsorbtion of fluid?

In theory it works: As a vasodilator. By increasing peripheral venous blood volume, there is less venous blood returning back to the pulmonary circulation and thereby decrease the formation of pulmonary edema. ...Read more

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Can beta blockers help with pulmonary edema?

Can beta blockers help with pulmonary edema?

Yes: Since pulmonary edema is commonly due to heart failure, controlling heart failure with beta blockers is beneficial. Some people can get worse and have worsening edema due to beta blockers. Beta blockers will not help if edema is due to non heart related issues. ...Read more

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How is digoxin used in the management of acute pulmonary edema?

HR control: Digoxin is sometimes used to help control inappropriate tachycardia typically in the face of uncontrolled atrial fib. This might help if someone has acute pulmonary edema from the fast hr but if the patient is unstable then electrical cardioversion is usually preferred perhaps in combination with meds to control the rate. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of pulmonary edema?

What are common symptoms of pulmonary edema?

Pulm edema: This usually manifests as shortness of breath, especially when lying down and also swelling of the legs and feet (edema). ...Read more

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What does a noncardiac pulmonary edema do to the body?

What does a noncardiac pulmonary edema do to the body?

Pulmonary edema: Pulmonary edema fills the lungs with fluid and impairs oxygen getting into the blood stream. Any pulmonary edema does this. Noncardiac has causes like poisons, toxic inhalants, high altitude and low blood osmolality. The noncardiac cause has its own effects in addition to the oxygenation problem. ...Read more

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How likely am I to have pulmonary edema with my hearty failure?

Possible: Depending on the severity of the heart failure, pulmonary edema of varying degrees is certainly possible. The heart is a pump, and if ineffective, fluid builds up behind the pump which in the body is the lungs. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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