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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. ...Read more

Dr. Rajesh Rethnam
149 Doctors shared insights

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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

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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. ...Read more

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What does noncardiac pulmonary edema do?

What does noncardiac pulmonary edema do?

Difficulty breathing: In non cardiogenic pulmonary edema the lungs are filled with fluid and become stiff. This means the work of breathing is increased. In addition the alveoli or tiny air sacs are filled with fluid such that gas exchange can not occur, in particular in becomes hard to get oxygen into the blood. All of this combines to produce impaired lung function and even respiratory failure. ...Read more

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What is the worst cause of pulmonary edema?

Meaning? ....: Pulmonary edema due to malignancy is often not treatable and has a poor prognosis. But, extensive pulmonary edema of rapid onset can also be fatal even though the underlying cause may be treatable. It is important to seek help right away if you suspect this diagnosis so treatment can be given before it reaches this level of severity. ...Read more

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What is the worst effect of pulmonary edema?

What is the worst effect of pulmonary edema?

Death: Pulmonary edema is excess fluid in the lungs. It can cause difficultly with breathing, low oxygen, and may even require a ventilator. It has a whole host of causes, and they definitely can be life threatening. Have to be very careful with pulmonary edema. ...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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Pulmonary edema happens as a result of what?

Pulmonary edema happens as a result of what?

Heart failure: Pulmonary edema is a result of heart failure. When the heart doesn't squeeze ir doesn't relax properly, pressures in the heart can rise and cause 'water in the lungs' - pulmonary edema. ...Read more

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How long can a person live with pulmonary edema?

Depends...: This depends on many factors including the reason for the pulmonary edema to be present and if the etiolgy is treatable. Other factors include the rate at which the edema formed and how extensive the edema is in the lungs. There are so many factors that the answer needs to be given on a case-by-case basis. ...Read more

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What are the clinical findings of pulmonary edema?

What are the clinical findings of pulmonary edema?

Many: Pulmonary edema manifests as extreme shortness of breath (air hunger), fast breathing, low oxygen level on pulse oximetry, fast heart beat. On clinical exam one can hear. ...Read more

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What are the clinical findings of pulmonary edema?

What are the clinical findings of pulmonary edema?

Findings...: The clinical findings in pulmonary edema include decreased oxygen level, lung crackles by auscultation, peripheral edema, dyspnea, fatigue, decreased appetite, edema on cxr, enlarged heart on cxr, engorged neck veins, etc. ...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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What is the definition or description of: Pulmonary edema?

The lungs fill up wi: 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 ...Read more

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How much time does it take to recover from pulmonary edema?

How much time does it take to recover from pulmonary edema?

See below: Depends on the cause: 60 minutes to never, depending on what's wrong. ...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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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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I was wondering what are some symptoms of noncardiac pulmonary edema?

Noncardiac pulm edem: Look at this:

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What is fluid layering and why is that an improvement with pulmonary edema?

Mistake?: Fluid layering is a term applied to pleural effusions which are fluid collections outside the lung but inside the lung sack. It is good to have layering as that means the fluid is thin and the lung moves nicely. The alternative would be that the fluid is clotted or like pus and the lung is scarred or stuck so the fluid can't move. Pleural effusions often occur with pneumonia or heart failure. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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