PREDIMAN K. SHAH, M.D.
To the editor: Nitrates administered sublingually or intravenously generally produce prompt reduction in pulmonary capillary wedge pressure due to their venodilator effects and are thus a mainstay of the emergency management of acute pulmonary edema (1). We have recently seen three patients who remained in severe symptomatic pulmonary edema despite rapidly increasing doses of intravenous nitroglycerin, several doses of sublingual nitroglycerin, morphine, and large doses of diuretic agents but showed prompt and dramatic improvement after buccal application of half an inch of 2% nitroglycerin ointment (approximately 7.5 mg).
A 76-year-old white woman was admitted to our cardiac intensive care unit
Learn more about subscription options.
Register Now for a free account.
SHAH PK. Buccal Nitroglycerin Ointment in Acute Cardiopulmonary Edema. Ann Intern Med. 1985;103:153–154. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-1-153_2
Download citation file:
Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(1):153-154.
Copyright © 2017 American College of Physicians. All Rights Reserved.
Print ISSN: 0003-4819 | Online ISSN: 1539-3704
Conditions of Use
This PDF is available to Subscribers Only