Journal Article

Acute pulmonary edema secondary to hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Chukwudi Obiagwu, Vishesh Paul, Sameer Chadha, Gerald Hollander and Jacob Shani

in Oxford Medical Case Reports

Volume 2015, issue 2, pages 183-184

Published online February 2015 | e-ISSN: 2053-8855 | DOI:

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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been shown to be effective in the treatment of diabetic ulcers, air embolism, carbon monoxide poisoning and gas gangrene with minimal adverse effects. Very few cases of HBOT causing acute pulmonary edema (PE) has been described; with a study on dogs suggesting that a complication of this therapy could be PE. We describe the case of an 80-year-old man with a history of stable systolic heart failure and diabetes mellitus presenting with acute PE following treatment with HBOT for diabetic foot.

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Subjects: Medicine and Health ; Cardiovascular Medicine

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