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Pulmonary Edema

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is pulmonary edema?

Pulmonary edema is a buildup of fluid in the alveoli (air sacs) of your lungs. The fluid may make it hard for you to breathe. Pulmonary edema may be life-threatening if your body is not able to get the oxygen it needs.

The Lungs

What increases my risk for pulmonary edema?

What are the signs and symptoms of pulmonary edema?

How is pulmonary edema diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your signs and symptoms. Your provider will examine you, listen to your heart and lungs, and check your blood pressure. Tell your provider if you have any health conditions or take any medicines. You may also need the following tests:

How is pulmonary edema treated?

Treatment will depend on what caused your pulmonary edema. If high altitude caused your pulmonary edema, your symptoms may go away when you go to a lower altitude. You may also need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage or prevent pulmonary edema?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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