Pulmonary Edema of Environmental Origin -- Newer Concepts

Cordasco, Edward M.; Demeter, Stephen R.; Kester, Lucy; Cordasco, Martha A.; Lammert, Gary; Beerel, Fred
June 1986
Angiology;Jun1986, Vol. 37 Issue 6, p440
Academic Journal
Pulmonary edema of non-cardiac origin is usually an urgent clinical problem, which has recently increased in frequency throughout the world in the past few years. This is partly due to sociological factors and to pre-eminent advances in industrial technology. Recent severe massive toxic gas explosions have had national and worldwide implications Therefore, urgent and appropriate therapy is of utmost importance in most of these patients. The use of high flow oxygen with Constant Positive Pressure Breathing are the main inbalational therapeutic approaches. Newer modalities of treatment include: (1) earlier Fiberopticbronchoscopy in those individuals afflicted with aspiration problems and (2) certain specific chemical blocking agents for the management of phosgene intoxication and hydrogen sulfide toxicity. Preventive environmental measures are also important.


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