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Pulmonary edema

  • Alternative Names

    Lung congestion; Lung water; Pulmonary congestion


    Treatment

    Oxygen is given through a face mask or tiny plastic tubes (prongs) placed in the nose. A breathing tube may be placed into the windpipe (trachea). A breathing machine (ventilator) may be needed.

    The cause of the edema should be rapidly identified and treated. For example, if a heart attack has caused the condition, the heart must be treated and stabilized.

    Medicines called diuretics, which help the body remove excess fluids are almost always given. Medications to strengthen the heart muscle, control its rhythm, or to relieve pressure on the heart, may also be given.


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    Expectations (prognosis)

    Some patients may need to use a breathing machine for a long time, which may lead to damage to lung tissue.

    Kidney failure and damage to other major organs may occur if blood and oxygen flow are not restored promptly. If not treated, this condition can be fatal.


    Complications

    Some patients may need to use a breathing machine for a long time. If not treated, this condition can be fatal.


    Calling your health care provider

    Go to the emergency room or call 911 if you have breathing problems.