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Pulmonary Edema

Pulmonary edema is the accumulation of fluid in the lung tissue and air spaces. This leads to impaired air exchange leading to respiratory failure. Cardiogenic pulmonary edema is caused as the left ventricles do not pump the blood out of the lungs. Noncardiogenic causes are acute respiratory distress syndrome, blood clots, lung injury, etc. Treatment depends on the cause of edema.

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I have unrelenting back pain between my shoulder blades. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30 year old female. For the past few weeks, I have had an unrelenting back pain between my shoulder blades. I also have a sharp, tearing chest pain above my left breast area or along my sternum on my right side. The sharp pain will last a few minutes, then stop. At times, it rad...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hello, Welcome to After reviewing your health query, I want to add that there may be anything from a list of possibilities. Keeping in mind the past history of PE (pulmonary edema), it can be a relapse of the same. Pain and other symptoms are also mimicking if originating from the...  Read Full »

Was my father's death due to pulmonary edema or medical negligence?

Query: Dear doctor, My father died during angioplasty. The treating doctor said that the death is due to pulmonary edema. But we suspect it may be because of a medical negligence. I need a second opinion.  Read Full »

Dr. Saumya Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to What happens in a heart attack is that the patient's heart is not functioning properly. It does not maintain the speed and pressure required. And therefore, the blood and the fluid collects in the body including the lungs. When the fluid collects in the lungs, a person ...  Read Full »

I have breathing difficulty with increased pulse rate for the past three months. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 49-year-old female with a height of five feet four inches. I am taking Abilify and Advair. I have a hard time while breathing for the past three months. I get out of breathing at any time even while brushing my teeth to standing up. I have a pulse rate of 115 to 120 beats per minu...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to the statement, you are suffering from breathing difficulties on little exertion with tachycardia and hot flashes. Your CT (computed tomography) scan shows abnormal supraclavicular or mediastinal or hilar lymphadenopathy. It ca...  Read Full »

Why is there breathlessness in a CKD stage 5 patient?

Query: Hello doctor,My father is a patient of CKD stage 5. He is undergoing dialysis weekly twice. Right now he is having creatinine 9.1, potassium 5.2, and hemoglobin 8.9. Yesterday, he was given two units of blood during dialysis. Despite all that he is having severe breathlessness for these two days. Pl...  Read Full »

Dr. Gabriel Matias

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your father's potassium and creatinine levels are high. The breathlessness may be because of pulmonary edema. There is no specific medicine for these cases, as the best treatment is dialysis. Consider talking to your nephrologist to do the dialysis more frequently, s...  Read Full »

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