Pulmonary edema - Treatment
Lung congestion; Lung water; Pulmonary congestion
Pulmonary edema is most always treated in the emergency room or hospital intensive care unit (ICU).
The cause of the edema should be rapidly identified and treated. For example, if a heart attack has caused the condition, it must be treated.
Medications that may be prescribed include:
Outlook depends on the cause. The condition may resolve quickly or slowly. Some patients may need to use a breathing machine for a long time. If not treated, this condition can be deadly.
Calling your health care provider:
Go to the emergency room or call 911 if you have breathing problems.
- Reviewed last on: 5/1/2011
- David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc., and Denis Hadjiliadis, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
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