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.

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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...

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...
Many causes, heart. Pulmonary edema can be caused by many things - but by far, however, the most common cause is heart failure. In this scenario - the left side of the heart cannot keep up with demand and essentially fluid "backs up" into the lungs (this is an oversimplification and doesn't discuss lymphatic flow, the starling curve, oncotic pressure etc. Etc.) but we only have 400 characters here. Read more...

How to take care of pulmonary edema?

Diuresis. In general patients are given medicine to increase fluid excretion from the body ( diuretics), plus treatment of the underlying cause. In the common situation when heart failure is the cause, then rx to improve heart function ( opening blocked coronary arteries, medicines to optimize heart action) would be used. Supportive treatment from extra oxygen to ventilator support may also play a role. Read more...
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...