How is pulmonary edema treated in cocaine toxicity?

Updated: Dec 31, 2020
  • Author: Lynn Barkley Burnett, MD, EdD, JD; Chief Editor: Sage W Wiener, MD  more...
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Cocaine affects pulmonary dynamics and may cause pulmonary edema. Other causes of pulmonary edema in the setting of cocaine use include CHF (with or without MI) and subarachnoid hemorrhage or concomitant use of other drugs (eg, heroin). Most patients with cocaine-associated pulmonary edema respond to standard medical treatment.


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