Acute postobstructive pulmonary edema caused by a massive substernal thyroid goiter: A case report and a brief literature review

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Acute Postobstructive Pulmonary Edema (APOPE) is rare form of non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema. APOPE is a manifestation of acute airway obstruction usually described following anesthesia in post-operative phase due to laryngospasm. We present a case of 58 yearold lady who developed a severe APOPEinduced by a massive thyroid goiter. The subsequent imaging studies revealed the compressing mass-effect of the thyroid goiter on the upper airway. The prompt recognition of this rare clinical event is crucial to rapidly restore the patency of the airway and correct hypoxemia.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zaffiri, L; Kohli, E; Monterroso, J; Abraham, S; Zaccheo, MV; Feucht, E

Published Date

  • December 1, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 95 - 98

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1410-7767

Citation Source

  • Scopus