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What is the difference between pneumonia and pulmonary edema?

What is the difference between pneumonia and pulmonary edema?

Infection vs Fluid: Accumulation. Pneumonia means you have an infection in your lungs. Where as pulmonary edema reflects fluid accumulation in your lungs. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Edema (Definition)

Edema is also known as Swelling. 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


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How do pneumonia and pulmonary edema differ?

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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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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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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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

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Can pneumonia cause acute pulmonary edema?

Pulmonry edema: ...Ist just fluid in your lungs. Usually it refers to fluid from congestion from the heart, but pneumoonia can cause fluid to exude into the infected lung, and thus indirectly cause pulmonary edema. I guess the answer is yes, with an asterisk. ...Read more

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Could increased pleural fluid cause pulmonary edema, heart failure, or pneumonia?

Could increased pleural fluid cause pulmonary edema, heart failure, or pneumonia?

No, but: Increased pleural fluid (effusion) may be caused by pulmonary edema and heart failure. This is because the heart is unable to pump the blood effectively and fluid backs up in the lungs and leaks out to the pleural space. The fluid can often be relieved by medication. Pneumonia can cause increased fluid as well, which is often infected (empyema). This is removed by a tube in the chest or surgery. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pneumothorax and pulmonary edema?

What is the difference between pneumothorax and pulmonary edema?

Different: When lungs get filled with fluid is called pulmonary edema as seen in heart failure , when air enters in the pleural cavity ; displaces lung ( pneumothorax ) as seen in reputes of lung bleb , both conditions will interfere lung function , can be lethal if untreated ...Read more

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What is the difference between pulmonary edema and pulmonary congestion?

Pulm edema: A matter of semantics to some physicians. The terms are often used interchangeably to describe fluid build-up in the lungs regardless of cause. More descriptive terms that are used include cardiogenic pulmonary edema and non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema. ...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. 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