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Is a pulmonary edema a water retention problem?

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In brief: Yes

Pulmonary edema is a collection of watery fluid in the lungs.
Normally, there is only a small amount of fluid in the lungs and it finally drains out of the lungs into the heart. However, when the heart is not strong or if there is a large amount of extra fluid in the body (like from kidney problems), then fluid can collect in the lungs. It can make it hard to breathe and cause low oxygen levels.

In brief: Yes

Pulmonary edema is a collection of watery fluid in the lungs.
Normally, there is only a small amount of fluid in the lungs and it finally drains out of the lungs into the heart. However, when the heart is not strong or if there is a large amount of extra fluid in the body (like from kidney problems), then fluid can collect in the lungs. It can make it hard to breathe and cause low oxygen levels.
Dr. C. michael Bowman
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