Reexpansion pulmonary edema after VATS successfully treated with continuous positive airway pressure

Ann Thorac Surg. 2000 Aug;70(2):669-71. doi: 10.1016/s0003-4975(00)01455-7.


Reexpansion pulmonary edema is a well-described complication of treatment for pleural effusion and pneumothorax. It is very rarely described in association with anesthesia and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery. The etiology is unclear but several mechanisms have been proposed. We report a case of reexpansion pulmonary edema after video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery treated successfully with continuous positive airway pressure.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pulmonary Edema / etiology*
  • Pulmonary Edema / therapy*
  • Respiration, Artificial*
  • Thoracic Surgery, Video-Assisted / adverse effects*