Late-onset pulmonary edema due to propofol


Dr Mehmet Turan Inal
Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation
Trakya Univercity Faculty of Medicine
22030 Edirne Turkey


Pulmonary edema after the administration of propofol has rarely been reported. In this case report, we describe pulmonary edema due to the administration of propofol during a Cesarean section and while in the intensive care unit. The skin tests demonstrated strong positive weal and flare reactions to propofol. The patient was treated successfully with mechanical ventilatory support. This report emphasizes that this fatal complication may be seen with propofol and underlying mechanisms and therapeutic approach are discussed.