Post pneumonectomy pulmonary edema

Post pneumonectomy pulmonary edema (PPE/PPO) is a sub type of non cardiogenic pulmonary edema. As the name suggests it occurs after a pneumonectomy. It carries a high mortality rate.


This occurs when the remaining lung shows increased extravascular fluid in the lung and pleura, resulting in respiratory distress and impaired gas exchange.


post pneumonectomy pulmonary edema is thought to be associated more with

  • right sided pneumonectomy 2
  • repeat thoracotomy 2
  • more positive fluid balance 2
  • high intraoperative and postoperative urine outputs 3

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rID: 17746
System: Chest
Tag: stub, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Post pneumonectomy pulmonary edema
  • Pulmonary oedema post pneumonectomy

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