Pulmonary edema (summary)

Dr Jeremy Jones and Dr Craig Hacking et al.
This is a basic article for medical students and other non-radiologists

Pulmonary edema refers to the abnormal accumulation of fluid in the extravascular compartments of the lung. This initially results in interstitial edema and perihilar airspace opacification.

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  • epidemiology
    • a wide group of affected individuals
  • presentation
    • chest pain
    • shortness of breath
    • diaphoresis
    • desaturation
  • pathophysiology
  • investigation
    • chest X-ray
      • first line investigation
      • search for potential causes
    • blood tests
      • electroclytes to search for causes
      • renal function
  • treatment
  • same as CXR
  • may see the cause
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Article information

rID: 59294
System: Chest
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  • Case 1: acute pulmonary edema
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