Pulmonary Edema - Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctors treat pulmonary edema?

Pulmonary edema may be treated by cardiologists or pulmonologists.

2. What is the outcome of pulmonary edema?

Pulmonary edema can result in respiratory failure and even death if left untreated. However, early treatment can result in a good outcome for the patient.

3. What is the difference between pleural effusion and pulmonary edema?

Pulmonary edema is the accumulation of fluid in the tissues of the lung and the air sacs. Pleural effusion is the accumulation of fluid in the space between the lungs and its surrounding tissues called the pleura. Thus, in pleural effusion, the fluid is present outside the lungs while, in pulmonary edema, it is present in the lungs.

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