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Pulmonary Edema, High Altitude
Jud W. Gurney, MD, FACR
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KEY FACTS

  • TERMINOLOGY

    • IMAGING FINDINGS

      • DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

        • PATHOLOGY

          • CLINICAL ISSUES

            TERMINOLOGY

            • Abbreviations and Synonyms

              • Noncardiogenic pulmonary edema
            • Definitions

              • Noncardiogenic pulmonary edema that usually occurs at altitudes above 3,000 meters (10,000 feet)
              • Capillary stress failure due to hypoxic pulmonary artery vasoconstriction and permeability edema

            IMAGING FINDINGS

            • General Features

              • Radiographic Findings

                • Imaging Recommendations

                  DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                    PATHOLOGY

                    • General Features

                      • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                        • Microscopic Features

                          • Staging, Grading, or Classification Criteria

                            CLINICAL ISSUES

                            • Presentation

                              • Demographics

                                • Natural History & Prognosis

                                  • Treatment

                                    DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                    • Consider

                                      • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                        Selected References

                                        1. West JB: Invited review: pulmonary capillary stress failure. J Appl Physiol. 89(6):2483-9;discussion 97, 2000
                                        2. Hultgren HN et al: Lung pathology in high-altitude pulmonary edema. Wilderness Environ Med. 8(4):218-20, 1997
                                        3. Vock P et al: Variable radiomorphologic data of high altitude pulmonary edema. Features from 60 patients. Chest. 100(5):1306-11, 1991
                                        4. Vock P et al: High-altitude pulmonary edema: findings at high-altitude chest radiography and physical examination. Radiology. 170(3 Pt 1):661-6, 1989
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                                        KEY FACTS

                                        • TERMINOLOGY

                                          • IMAGING FINDINGS

                                            • DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                                              • PATHOLOGY

                                                • CLINICAL ISSUES

                                                  TERMINOLOGY

                                                  • Abbreviations and Synonyms

                                                    • Noncardiogenic pulmonary edema
                                                  • Definitions

                                                    • Noncardiogenic pulmonary edema that usually occurs at altitudes above 3,000 meters (10,000 feet)
                                                    • Capillary stress failure due to hypoxic pulmonary artery vasoconstriction and permeability edema

                                                  IMAGING FINDINGS

                                                  • General Features

                                                    • Radiographic Findings

                                                      • Imaging Recommendations

                                                        DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                                                          PATHOLOGY

                                                          • General Features

                                                            • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                                                              • Microscopic Features

                                                                • Staging, Grading, or Classification Criteria

                                                                  CLINICAL ISSUES

                                                                  • Presentation

                                                                    • Demographics

                                                                      • Natural History & Prognosis

                                                                        • Treatment

                                                                          DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                                                          • Consider

                                                                            • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                                                              Selected References

                                                                              1. West JB: Invited review: pulmonary capillary stress failure. J Appl Physiol. 89(6):2483-9;discussion 97, 2000
                                                                              2. Hultgren HN et al: Lung pathology in high-altitude pulmonary edema. Wilderness Environ Med. 8(4):218-20, 1997
                                                                              3. Vock P et al: Variable radiomorphologic data of high altitude pulmonary edema. Features from 60 patients. Chest. 100(5):1306-11, 1991
                                                                              4. Vock P et al: High-altitude pulmonary edema: findings at high-altitude chest radiography and physical examination. Radiology. 170(3 Pt 1):661-6, 1989