ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Reexpansion pulmonary edema: a case report
Orhan Yücel, Volkan Erdoğu, Kuthan Kavaklı, Onur Genç, Kutsal Turhan
Gülhane Askeri Tıp Akademisi, Göğüs Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, Ankara
In this article, a case of reexpansion pulmonary edema (RPE) was presented with treatment steps and clinical progress. Reexpansion pulmonary edema is a rarely seen clinical condition. A 22-year-old man presented with chest pain in the right side and dyspnea. Chest roentgenogram revealed a right sided spontaneous pneumothorax. Tube thoracostomy was performed. A right sided RPE was seen on roentgenogram after tube thoracostomy. The patient was followed and treated in intensive care unit for 72 hours. During this period, fluid restriction, steroid, diuretic and oxygen support therapy were applied. The clinical condition of patient improved after 72 hours. This improvement was also confirmed by chest roentgenogram.
Keywords : Lung; pneumothorax; pulmonary edema
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