Lessons from fatal re-expansion pulmonary oedema: Case series

Dambuza Nyamande*, Siphosenkosi Mazibuko

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The goal of this study was to investigate the extent of the alveolar-capillary membrane porosity in patients with severe re-expansion pulmonary oedema. The biochemistry of airway fluid of two patients who died of re-expansion oedema was compared to their blood biochemistry. The airway fluid was comparable to plasma, while no blood cells were observed across the alveolar-capillary membrane. The membrane was linked to a fishnet that traps cells on one side, while plasma sieved through.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1162-1164
Number of pages3
JournalInteractive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Pleural effusion
  • Re-expansion pulmonary oedema


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