Dr. Nabili received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), majoring in chemistry and biochemistry. He then completed his graduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His graduate training included a specialized fellowship in public health where his research focused on environmental health and health-care delivery and management.
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
Edema, in general, means swelling. This typically occurs
when fluid from inside blood vessels seeps outside the blood vessel into the surrounding
tissues, causing swelling. This can happen either because of too much pressure
in the blood vessels or not enough proteins in the bloodstream to hold on to the
fluid in the plasma (the part of the blood that does not contain any blood
Pulmonary edema is the term used when edema happens in the lungs. The
immediate area outside of the small blood vessels in the lungs is occupied by
very tiny air sacs called the alveoli. This is where oxygen from the air is
picked up by the blood passing by, and carbon dioxide in the blood is passed
into the alveoli to be exhaled out. Alveoli normally have a thin wall that
allows for this air exchange, and fluids are usually kept out of the alveoli
unless these walls lose their integrity.
Picture of the alveoli and lung
Pulmonary edema occurs when the alveoli fill up with
excess fluid seeped out of the blood vessels in the lung instead of air. This
can cause problems with the exchange of gas (oxygen and carbon dioxide),
resulting in breathing difficulty and poor oxygenation of blood. Sometimes, this can be referred to as
"water in the lungs" when describing the condition to patients.
Pulmonary edema can be caused by many different factors.
It can be related to heart failure, called cardiogenic pulmonary edema, or related to other causes,
referred to as non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema.
The lungs are a pair of organs in the chest that are primarily responsible for the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the air we breathe and blood. The lung is composed of clusters of small air sacs (alveoli) divided by thin, elastic walls (membranes). Capillaries, the tiniest of blood vessels, run within these membranes between the alveoli and allow blood and air to come near each other. The distance between the air in the lungs and the blood in the capillaries is very small, and allows molecules of oxygen and carbon dioxide to transfer across the membranes.
The heart is a two-stage electric pump whose job it is to circulate blood through the body. The initial electrical impulse that begins the process of a heartbeat is generated by a group of cells located in the"...