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Swelling in arms, forearms, rust colored urine, fluid in lungs, taken off ventilator. Oxygen support required?

I hope you can, because we are all puzzled... We took my mom off the vent on wed, and sense then.. She has swelling in her hands and forearms, temp 102, rusty color urine , a bag for bm, drainage bag for the pancreas , fluid in her lungs shallow breathing , no water, no food sense she has been takin off. They said she has a infection as well, alough not understanding why they have her on oxygen??
Asked On : Fri, 5 Oct 2012
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Thanks for the query

From the history you have given me I think your mom is suffering from pulmonary edema ( fluid in the lungs), since she has generalised body swelling also I suppose she is suffering from hypo albuminemia which causes this situation. However since she has multiple issues there could be other causes for the fluid in the lungs like pneumonia which is quite common is ventilator cases too.
In this case she might need to be replenished with albumin and diuretics to reduce the edema.
Fluid in the lungs would have reduced her capacity to oxygenate hence the oxygen is required

I hope I was of help

I wish her good health and a speedy recovery

Answered: Sun, 22 Sep 2013
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