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Pulmonary edema

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Magnetic resonance
Follow-up radiograph

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Echo LPLA view


This sixty year-old male presented with shortness of breath and orthopnea. The x-ray shows cardiomegaly and marked prominence of the pulmonary vascularity. In addition, there is increased density in the small vasculature and alveolar spaces of the lung peripherally. Small, linear septal densities identified as Kerley B lines are a hallmark of the seepage of fluid into the interstitium due to elevated pulmonary venous pressure, which in turn is due to elevated left ventricular end-diastolic pressure from a failing left ventricle.


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