Postpneumonectomy pulmonary edema: a case report

  • B. van den Berg
  • C. Hilvering
Part of the Developments in Critical Care Medicine and Anaesthesiology book series (DCCA, volume 1)


Respiratory distress starting in the first week after pneumonectomy includes:
  • 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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  • C. Hilvering

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