DAN ADERKA, M.D.; JACK PINKHAS, M.D.
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To the editor: A recent article (1) has reviewed the latest developments in pulmonary edema. Despite the progress in understanding the pathogenesis of this emergency condition, there are still no objective clinical signs for staging the severity of the pulmonary edema or for monitoring the efficiency of treatment in the first few minutes after its initiation.
We have been impressed that the distribution of perspiration may be a useful clinical sign. We followed this sign prospectively in 48 patients with pulmonary edema and found that the clinical severity was clearly related to the distribution of sweat: In 10 patients with
ADERKA D, PINKHAS J. Sweating with Pulmonary Edema. Ann Intern Med. 1984;101:402. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-101-3-402_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(3):402.
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