Reexpansion pulmonary edema.
Ann Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 Aug;14(4):205-9
Authors: Sohara Y
When a rapidly reexpanding lung has been in a state of collapse for more than several days, pulmonary edema sometimes occurs in it. This is called reexpansion pulmonary edema (RPE). In this article, I present my views on the history, clinical features, morphophysiological features, pathogenesis, and treatment of RPE. Histological abnormalities of the pulmonary microvessels in a chronically collapsed lung will cause RPE, as well as mechanical stress exerted during reexpansion. Although the most effective treatment method is to treat the histological abnormalities of the pulmonary microvessels formed in a chronically collapsed lung, the cause of these abnormalities is not clear, making it difficult to put forward a precise treatment method. However, reasonably good effects can be expected from a symptomatic therapy that reduces the level of mechanical stress during reexpansion. In the future, it is expected that the cause of histological changes of the pulmonary microvessels in a chronically collapsed lung will be revealed, and appropriate therapies will therefore be developed according to this cause.
PMID: 18818568 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]