Recent advances in pulmonary edema.
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Pulmonary edema is defined as the abnormal accumulation of interstitial fluid in the lungs. Although numerous clinical states may result in pulmonary edema, certain basic physiologic concepts appear to describe and predict the formation of pulmonary edema under all conditions. Recent studies in our laboratory and others have provided further insight into the mechanisms of pulmonary interstitial fluid accumulation and offer implications for management. This paper will review the basic forces determining the formation of pulmonary edema and the effects of their manipulation.