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Re-expansion pulmonary edema

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon


Shortness of breath onset following a procedure.

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Male


Right side air space opacity


CXR: One day prior

Right pleural effusion

Case Discussion

Right mid and lower zone alveolar opacity developing acutely post pleural tap with drainage of a large right pleural effusion. Over 2L was drained rapidly. The appearance and clinical setting suggest re-expansion pulmonary edema.  

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Case information

rID: 16325
Published: 11th Jan 2012
Last edited: 1st Apr 2020
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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