salt water drowning


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Drowning due to sea water aspiration, which results in fluid-filled alveoli—pulmonary oedema—and a V/Q—ventilation/perfusion imbalance. The shift of fluids and electrolytes in salt water drowning results in haemoconcentration, congestive heart failure, hypernatremia

salt water drowning

Forensic pathology Drowning due to seawater aspiration, resulting in fluid-filled alveoli–pulmonary edema and a V/Q–ventilation/perfusion imbalance; the shifts of fluids and electrolytes in SWD result in hemoconcentration, CHF, hypernatremia. See Drowning. Cf Fresh water drowning.