Prone Positioning to Treat Acute Severe Pulmonary Edema in the Post-Cardiac Surgical Patient: A Case Report


  • Pavan Atluri
  • Patrick J. Neligan
  • Michael A. Acker
  • Dean L. Bensall
  • Jiri Horak



Noncardiogenic pulmonary edema can be fatal without adequate resuscitation. We report, for the first time, the use of prone positioning in the immediate post-cardiac surgical period to treat a patient with profound hypoxemia secondary to massive (noncardiogenic) pulmonary edema. Prone positioning corrects ventilation-perfusion mismatch and allows gravity-dependent drainage of capillary leak-mediated endobronchial pulmonary fluid.


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Atluri, P., Neligan, P. J., Acker, M. A., Bensall, D. L., & Horak, J. (2006). Prone Positioning to Treat Acute Severe Pulmonary Edema in the Post-Cardiac Surgical Patient: A Case Report. The Heart Surgery Forum, 9(5), E762-E764.