Postpneumonectomy pulmonary edema

Postpneumonectomy pulmonary edema (PPE/PPO) is a subtype of non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema. As the name suggests it occurs after a pneumonectomy. It carries a high mortality rate.



Postpneumonectomy pulmonary edema is thought to be associated more with

  • right sided pneumonectomy
  • repeat thoracotomy
  • more positive fluid balance
  • high intraoperative and postoperative urine outputs


This occurs when the remaining lung shows increased extravascular fluid in the lung and pleura, resulting in respiratory distress and impaired gas exchange.

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