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Korean J Crit Care Med > Volume 13(1); 1998 > Article
Korean Journal of Critical Care Medicine 1998;13(1): 105-108.
Acute Pulmonary Edema Associated with Upper Airway Obstruction after Endotracheal Extubation: A case report
Wha Ja Kang, Byung Ik Rhee, Keon Sik Kim, Ok Young Shin
Department of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine, Kyounghee University, Seoul, Korea.
Pulmonary edema is a recognized complication of acute airway obstruction, laryngospasm, especially after endotracheal extubation. It usually follows relief of the obstruction and is likely to be of noncardiogenic origin. The mechanism by which an upper airway obstruction causes pulmonary edema is likely due to the combination of the increased reduction of intrapulmonary pressure, increased capillary permeability and hypoxia. We present a case of pulmonary edema that occurred in an adult patient after upper airway obstruction following extubation of the trachea.
Key Words: Lung; edema; Airway; obstruction
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