What Is the Difference Between Pneumonia and Pulmonary Edema?

Q:
What is the difference between pneumonia and pulmonary edema?

A:
Pulmonary edema is fluid in the lung from any cause, sometimes related to impaired heart function, but also seen with a number of other causes of inflammation in the lung, such as smoke inhalation, trauma, and severe infections including pneumonia. Pneumonia is a lung infection.

The two entities can coexist and may look similar on chest x-ray.

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