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Dr. Michael Borookhim
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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. Vikram Patel
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Dr. James Lin
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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


Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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What are the differences between pneumonia and pulmonary edema?

What are the differences between pneumonia and pulmonary edema?

Pneumonia...: ...Is an infection and pulmonary edema isn't; pe usually happens because of a cardiac failure. ...Read more

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Dr. Philip Chao
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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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Dr. Gerald Mandell
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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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Dr. James Ferguson
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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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Dr. Jason Black
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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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Dr. Michael Ein
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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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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
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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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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
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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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Dr. Rada Ivanov
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How do treat the pulmonary edema that from a case of pneumonia? If the antibiotics knocked it out, and there is still edema.

See below: Pneumonia takes a long time to resolve; even if you have completed your antibiotics, your body and your x-ray may not recover for 4-6 weeks. Pulmonary edema may be related to heart failure as well and be a separate problem requiring adjusting the heart medications. ...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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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


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