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The Lungs

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Histologic sections of lung reveal the alveoli to be filled with pale, nongranular pink fluid. Neither leukocytes nor erythrocytes are present within this fluid. Which of the following is the most common cause of this abnormality? (LQ)



A Bacterial pneumonia

B Congestive heart failure

C Lymphatic obstruction by tumor

D Pulmonary embolus

Ans. B Congestive heart failure

a. Pulmonary edema refers to excess accumulation of fluid in the extravascular spaces of the lung.

b. Pulmonary edema can be classified based on the etiology into cardio genic pulmonary edema and noncardiogenic pulmonary edema.

c. Cardio genic pulmonary edema results from abnormalities of hemodynamic (Starling) forces, while noncardiogenic pulmonary edema results from cellular injury.

d. Causes of cardiogenic pulmonary edema include increased hydrostatic forces, as seen with congestive heart failure (the most common cause of pulmonary edema); decreased oncotic pressure, such as resulting from decreased albumin levels; and lymphatic obstruction.

e. Noncardiogenic edema may be the result of either endothelial injury (infections, dis seminated intravascular coagulopathy, or trauma) or alveolar injury (from inhaled toxins, aspiration, drowning, or near drowning).

f. Cardiogenic edema may lead to alveolar hemorrhages and hemosiderin-laden macrophages (heart failure cells). Where cardiogenic edema is present, chest x-rays show an increase in the caliber of the blood vessels in the upper lobes, perivascular and peribronchial fluid (“cuffing”), and Kerley B lines (fluid in the interlobular septa). Noncardiogenic edema produces a “whiteout” of the lungs.

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