a condition in which abnormal pulmonary function develops in patients who have undergone cardiac surgery involving the use of an extracorporeal circulation; now rare due to advances in perfusion technique and equipment.
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postperfusion lungPump lung A condition seen shortly after heart surgery Clinical Fever, dyspnea, cyanosis, hypotension, pulmonary edema, caused by anoxia, traumatic hemolysis of RBCs due to shearing against pump hardware, turbulence, possibly anaphylactic reaction to various materials–proteins and other allergens in tubing, CHF, acute renal tubular necrosis, UTIs Treatment Antibiotics, corticosteroids Prognosis Relatively guarded.
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