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Are pulmonary edema and pneumonia the same?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: No

Pulmonary edema is fluid in the lungs and occurs from a variety of causes.
One cause is impaired heart function causing fluid to "back up" into the lungs. It may also be seen in forms of lung injury when there is inflammation in the lungs causing the capillaries to leak. This is "non cardiogenic pulmonary edema" pneumonia is a lung infection, it can cause non cardiogenic edema, but not always.

In brief: No

Pulmonary edema is fluid in the lungs and occurs from a variety of causes.
One cause is impaired heart function causing fluid to "back up" into the lungs. It may also be seen in forms of lung injury when there is inflammation in the lungs causing the capillaries to leak. This is "non cardiogenic pulmonary edema" pneumonia is a lung infection, it can cause non cardiogenic edema, but not always.
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