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What is the difference between pneumothorax and pulmonary edema?

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In brief: 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

In brief: 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
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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management
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In brief: PTX vs. Pulm Edema

Pulmonary edema can be though of as backed up fluid in the lungs, usually due to diseases involving the heart or the lung.
Pneomothorax can be thought of as rupture of a part of the lung. Both can be serious and their treatments are different.

In brief: PTX vs. Pulm Edema

Pulmonary edema can be though of as backed up fluid in the lungs, usually due to diseases involving the heart or the lung.
Pneomothorax can be thought of as rupture of a part of the lung. Both can be serious and their treatments are different.
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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine

In brief: Air vs fluid

Air outside the lung is pneumothroax while fluid accumulation of fluid in the lungs is pulmonary edema.
Large pneumothroax is a medical emergency that could cause shock and requires immediate treatment. Small pneumothorax could be observed. Pulmonary edema usually result grom CHF and usually treated with diuresis.

In brief: Air vs fluid

Air outside the lung is pneumothroax while fluid accumulation of fluid in the lungs is pulmonary edema.
Large pneumothroax is a medical emergency that could cause shock and requires immediate treatment. Small pneumothorax could be observed. Pulmonary edema usually result grom CHF and usually treated with diuresis.
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Dr. Nestor Del rosario
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Definition

Pnemothorax is when the lung collapses and there is air occupying the space outside the lung but inside the thoracic cavity or chest (not a vacuum).
Pulmonary edema is when there is fluid in the tissues of the lung more than there should making it "soggy".

In brief: Definition

Pnemothorax is when the lung collapses and there is air occupying the space outside the lung but inside the thoracic cavity or chest (not a vacuum).
Pulmonary edema is when there is fluid in the tissues of the lung more than there should making it "soggy".
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