Post lung volume reduction pulmonary edema

Post lung volume reduction pulmonary edema is a type of non cardiogenic pulmonary edema that can occur following lung volume reduction or a lung resection.

It has been reported to occur in ~ 5% of right pneumonectomies,  ~4% of left pneumonectomies, and 1% of all lobectomies 2.

It tends to precipitate in the early post-operative period. Two pathophysiological factors have been proposed 1.

  • an increase in pulmonary capillary pressure associated with passage of a normal to high cardiac output in a reduced volume pulmonary vascular bed. 
  • injury to the alveolar capillary membrane
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rID: 19325
System: Chest
Tag: stub, cases, refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Post lung volume reduction pulmonary edema
  • Post lung resection pulmonary oedema
  • Post resection pulmonary oedema
  • Post resection pulmonary edema
  • Post resectional pulmonary oedema

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