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Fluid in the lungs. Pulmonary edema involves fluid accumulation and swelling in the lungs.

Your lungs contain millions of small, elastic air sacs. With each breath, the air sacs take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. Normally, the exchange of gases takes place without problems. But sometimes increased pressure in the blood vessels in your lungs forces fluid into the air sacs, preventing them from absorbing oxygen — a condition called pulmonary edema.

Alternative Names: Lung/pulmonary congestion; Lung water

Common Misspellings: pulmonary adema, pulmonary oedema, pulmonary odema, pulmanary edema, pulmanary adema, pulmanary oedema, pulmanary odema, pulmenary edema, pulmenary adema, pulmenary oedema, pulmenary odema

See also: Pleural effusion

Pleural Effusions

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