What causes pulmonary edema in preeclampsia and how can it be prevented?

Updated: Nov 29, 2018
  • Author: Kee-Hak Lim, MD; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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Aggressive volume resuscitation may lead to pulmonary edema, which is a common cause of maternal morbidity and mortality. Pulmonary edema occurs most frequently 48-72 hours postpartum, probably due to mobilization of extravascular fluid. Because volume expansion has no demonstrated benefit, patients should be fluid restricted when possible, at least until the period of postpartum diuresis.

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