We compared the plain chest radiographs of critically ill patients who had different types of pulmonary edema and evaluated the radiographs according to a standardized score sheet of findings. We included 94 total cases of pulmonary edema: 49 with cardiogenic, 33 with permeability, and 12 with renal/overhydration pulmonary edema. Patients with cariogenic edema had enlarged hearts, vascular engorgement, septal lines, and absence of air bronchograms significantly more often than patients with permeability pulmonary edema. Renal/overhydration patients had enlarged hearts significantly more often than patients with permeability edema. There were no other statistically significant differences. Heart size and presence or absence of septal lines could have been used to distinguish cardiogenic and permeability edema in 83% of cases.
- Lung water
- Portable chest radiographs
- Pulmonary edema
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging