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
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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.
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