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Is pulmonary edema a sign or symptom for pneumonia?

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Dr. Jason Black
Internal Medicine
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In brief: 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.

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

In brief: Neither

Pulmonary edema is fluid in the lungs, while it can look similar to pneumonia on chest xray its really a different disease.
Sometimes severe pneumonia can cause a disorder in which fluid leaks into the lungs, this is called the adult respiratory distress syndrome, so in that sense a kind of pulmonary edema can be caused by pneumonia. More often pulmonary edema occurs when the heart is impaired.

In brief: Neither

Pulmonary edema is fluid in the lungs, while it can look similar to pneumonia on chest xray its really a different disease.
Sometimes severe pneumonia can cause a disorder in which fluid leaks into the lungs, this is called the adult respiratory distress syndrome, so in that sense a kind of pulmonary edema can be caused by pneumonia. More often pulmonary edema occurs when the heart is impaired.
Dr. Michael DePietro
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