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Pulmonary oedema precipitated by cold water swimming
  1. R Biswas,
  2. P K Shibu,
  3. C M James
  1. Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest, Wales, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Biswas
 Withybush Hospital, Fishguard Road, Haverfordwest SA61 2PZ, UK;


The case is reported of a physically fit man, who, while training for a triathlon, developed pulmonary oedema secondary to swimming in cold water. Pulmonary oedema is usually caused by a combination of exercise and cold water, resulting in an increase in cardiac preload and after load, which causes an increase in pulmonary capillary pressure. Most cases improve spontaneously and quickly with no recurrence of symptoms.

  • pulmonary oedema
  • cold water
  • swimming

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