Pulmonary edema - a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma Event as iCalendar


10 October 2017

4 - 5pm

Venue: Ground floor seminar room (G10)

Location: 70 Symonds St, Auckland Central

An ABI seminar by Dr Tony Williams, Intensive Care Specialist, Middlemore Hospital, Auckland.


Pulmonary edema is a complex syndrome which arises as the final common path of a number of different clinical scenarios.  We normally treat patients with a cardiac cause of pulmonary edema and envisage it as a disorder of raised pulmonary vascular pressures. This dominates our understanding of the treatments.

The syndrome can occur in response to high altitude or upper airway obstruction in patients or athletes with normal hearts.  Regardless of the cause of pulmonary edema some treatments are always effective. I will explore some similarities between the different types of edema and speculate on how the most effective therapies may work.