Prevalence of Negative-Pressure Pulmonary Edema at an Orthopaedic Hospital

W. Christopher Patton, MD, Champ L. Baker, Jr., MD


J South Orthop Assoc. 2000;9(4) 

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Negative-pressure pulmonary edema is a postextubation condition that is potentially dangerous if not recognized and treated promptly. We found the prevalence of NPPE at our hospital to be low and not significantly different between male and female patients. Our study confirms that NPPE tends to affect young, otherwise healthy patients after general anesthesia. We believe that physicians must be vigilant in recognizing the potential for NPPE in both male and female patients.