Pulmonary Edema: Overview

Pulmonary Edema is the collection of fluid in the lungs. The may occur due to a chest infection causing pneumonia, or from a lung reaction due to an inhaled chemical toxin. The most common cause of chronic pulmonary edema is chronic heart failure. Other disorders of the lungs may sometimes cause pulmonary edema. Symptoms of pulmonary edema include shortness of breath (often worse when lying down), wheezing, bubbling-like breath sounds, and similar symptoms. Complications include pleural effusion, chronic breathing difficulty, and respiratory failure.

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