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Dr. Rajesh Rethnam
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Pulmonary Edema (Overview)

The lungs are the organ that exchange oxygen and shouldn't have fluids. In pulmonary edema they fill up with fluids most commonly, from heart failure. This causes shortness of breath. Other causes are kidney and liver failure. Low protein in blood or allergic reactions. Treatment usually require diuretics or water pills and treat the cause


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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.

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Dr. Rajesh Rethnam
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Pulmonary Edema (Overview)

The lungs are the organ that exchange oxygen and shouldn't have fluids. In pulmonary edema they fill up with fluids most commonly, from heart failure. This causes shortness of breath. Other causes are kidney and liver failure. Low protein in blood or allergic reactions. Treatment usually require diuretics or water pills and treat the cause


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How does pulmonary edema after heart bypass occur? Dad died 3 days after HB due to this, before he was put on vent he showed signs of hypoxia. Why?

How does pulmonary edema after heart bypass occur? Dad died 3 days after HB due to this, before he was put on vent he showed signs of hypoxia. Why?

Usually heart failur: The most common (but not sole) cause of pulmonary edema is heart failure. When the pumping function of the left side of the heart fails, fluid backs up into the lungs. That is pulmonary edema. It causes shortness of breath associated with low amount of oxygen in blood. If the bypass failed to improve dad's heart function that could have been a cause. MANY other causes are possible.

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Is pulmonary edema a sign or symptom for pneumonia?

Is pulmonary edema a sign or symptom for pneumonia?

No: Pulmonary edema refers to fluid in the lungs, whereas pneumonia is an infection in the lungs. They are different entities, although sometimes they are difficult to differentiate.

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What are sign & symptoms of pulmonary edema? And what is the treatment?

What are sign & symptoms of pulmonary edema? And what is the treatment?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath, cough, chest tightness, heaviness in the chest, low oxygen levels. Chest x ray shows congestion, sometimes effusion, enlarged heart. Treatment starts with oxygen, diuretics. Determine the cause, treat accordingly. A pressure mask might help in certain circumstances to assist with breathing.

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What are the signs of pulmonary edema?

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.

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How long can a person live after having been diagnosed with pulmonary edema?

How long can a person live after having been diagnosed with pulmonary edema?

It varies greatly: Pulmonary edema is usually able to be managed chronically and has a fair prognosis if the underlying cause is found and treated with lifestyle changes and medications.

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What are the tests for pulmonary edema?

Auscultation & x-ray: Edema in the lungs alters the breath sounds on examination with a stethoscope, auscultation. Chest x-ray also reveals pulmonary edema due to alteration in the shadows of the lung. Lab tests to distinguish between edema and pneumonia may include crp, bnp and in rare cases examination of brochopulmonary fluid.

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Diagnosed with small airway disease. Born 27.5 weeks, on vent and pneumonia and pulmonary edema as baby. Had pft. Chronic coug. Tightness in chest when not on inhaler. Nonsmoker. What does this mean?

Diagnosed with small airway disease. Born 27.5 weeks, on vent and pneumonia and pulmonary edema as baby. Had pft. Chronic coug. Tightness in chest when not on inhaler. Nonsmoker. What does this mean?

Association: Very premature children (those born before 32 weeks' gestation) have higher asthma risk -- almost three times that of children born at full term for asthma as young adults. In one study adults age 25 to 35 yrs old had over twice incidence of asthma than adults of full term infants. There is association but not definite cause and effect.

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How do you treat pulmonary edema in a patient with pneumonia?

How do you treat pulmonary edema in a patient with pneumonia?

Gently.: It's a careful balance between taking the fluid out of the lungs with something like Lasix (furosemide) and not taking too much out as to cause dehydration or kidney problems. The pneumonia itself is likely contributing to the pulmonary so proper antibiotics are key, as well as using something like an incentive spirometer.

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How is pulmonary edema treated in pregnancy?

In hospital: Pulmonary edema it is a serious medical condition. In pregnancy requires immediate intervention in the hospital. Depending the cause, the treatment differs but most of the time diuretics are used to get rid of the excess fluids in lungs. Yet care should be taken not do drain too much fluid and affect the baby. This is the reason is treated only in hospital under supervision.

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What's the best treatment for pulmonary edema if the person has renal failure?

What's the best treatment for pulmonary edema if the person has renal failure?

Diuretics -dialysis: It depends how severe the renal failure is as to which treatment is best. If severe renal failure is present urgent dialysis is best to remove excess water. If not severe, sometimes diuretics can do the job.

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What are the treatments for pulmonary edema and is there a cure?

Underlying problem: There are many causes for pulmonary edema. For example cardiogenic pulm edema needs strict care to the function of the heart. Meds such as Lasix (furosemide) can help. But addressing the underlying cause is the answer.

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How could pulmonary hypertension in mitral stenosis prevent pulmonary edema?

How could pulmonary hypertension in mitral stenosis prevent pulmonary edema?

Less flow to lungs: If the pressure in the pulmonary artery is high enough, the right ventricle's ability to pump bood to the lungs is diminished. Less blood flow to the lungs means that there is less fluid to leak out into the air spaces (alveoli).

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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.

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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.

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How dangerous is pulmonary edema?

How dangerous is pulmonary edema?

Pulmonary edema: Pulmonary edema is a condition where there is excessive blood volume in the lung. It typically occurs in the setting of congestive heart failure. Depending on its severity, it may be life threatening and result in respiratory failure.

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What is bilateral pulmonary edema?

What is bilateral pulmonary edema?

Meaning....: This means that there is fluid in both lungs. Congestive heart failure can lead to a fluid build up in both lungs but there are many other etiologies depending on the age of the patient as well as medical history. Your doctor will have more clinical information to make a more precise diagnosis as well as treatment. Good luck!

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How to take care of pulmonary edema?

Depends....: The treatment of pulmonary edema depends on its underlying cause but diuretics are often given while the definitive diagnosis is being sought. There are etiologies of pulmonary edema that diuretics won't work for so it is vital to ascertain the precise etiology so the correct treatment is rendered.

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How to get relapse of pulmonary edema?

How to get relapse of pulmonary edema?

Not always the heart: Pulmonary edema is a term indicating fluid in the lungs. It can be cardiogenic ie heart failure or noncardiogenic. Causes of noncardiogenic pulmonary edema include pneumonia, autoimmune, cancer, etc. The key to preventing recurrances is to evaluate the cause and treat it.

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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.

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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