Post pneumonectomy pulmonary oedema

Post pneumonectomy pulmonary oedema (PPE/PPO) is a sub type of non cardiogenic pulmonary oedema. As the name suggests it occurs after a pneumonectomy. It carries a high mortality rate.

Pathology

This occurs when the remaining lung shows increased extravascular fluid in the lung and pleura, resulting in respiratory distress and impaired gas exchange.

Associations

post pneumonectomy pulmonary oedema is thought to be associated more with

  • right sided pneumonectomy 2
  • repeat thoracotomy 2
  • more positive fluid balance 2
  • high intraoperative and postoperative urine outputs 3

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Article Information

rID: 17746
System: Chest
Tags: stub, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Post pneumonectomy pulmonary edema
  • Pulmonary oedema post pneumonectomy

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