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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18-20

Neurogenic pulmonary edema in a child with status epilepticus

Department of Paediatrics, Army College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Bindu T Nair
Department of Paediatrics, Army College of Medical Sciences, Delhi Cantonment, New Delhi - 110 010
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2320-8775.159873

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Neurogenic pulmonary edema (NPE) is defined as acute pulmonary edema after a sudden neurologic insult. It develops after a significant central nervous system insult such as trauma, hemorrhage or seizures and can occur both in adults and children. A 6-year-old male child, known case of cerebral palsy was brought to the emergency department in status epilepticus. He had severe respiratory distress with pink frothy secretions pouring from the mouth. Clinical and radiological examination was suggestive of NPE. Child was immediately ventilated and all supportive measures were started. Child showed marked improvement within 48 h of admission with diuresis and positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) assisted ventilation.

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