Postpneumonectomy pulmonary edema: a case report
insufficient function of the remaining lung, usually due to airflow obstruction and emphysema;
pneumonia as a result of aspiration of stomach contents or retention of secretions;
bronchopleural fistula and aspiration of fluid from the postpneumonectomy cavity;
cardiac failure due to supraventricular arrhythmias or myocardial infarction, with or without pulmonary edema;
thromboembolism, which is not seen frequently but which may occur, especially in patients who have been subjected to some intervention preoperatively, for instance, mediastinoscopy; and
adult respiratory distress syndrome in the course of septicemia or after resuscitation from hemorrhagic shock.
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