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[Pulmonary oedema due to re-expansion after resection of a giant thymoma].

Authors
  • Vallés Torres, J
  • Abadía Álvarez, B
  • Garafulla García, J
  • Izquierdo Villarroya, B
  • Lacosta Torrijos, L
  • Embún Flor, R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Revista española de anestesiología y reanimación
Publication Date
May 01, 2013
Volume
60
Issue
5
Pages
275–278
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.redar.2012.04.020
PMID: 22695204
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A 36 year-old woman was subjected to resection of a giant thymoma that occupied a large area of the left hemithorax. After resection of the tumour and insufflation of the left lung there was pulmonary oedema due to early re-expansion. She was treated with diuretics and corticoids and was kept on mechanical ventilation. The patient progressed favourably. Although pulmonary oedema due to re-expansion is an uncommon complication it has a high mortality. It is essential to be aware of the factors involved in its aetiopathogenesis. It should be diagnosed and treated immediately.

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