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DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-1013080

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Myocardial Fluid Balance: Pathophysiology and Clinical Implications

H. J. Geissler, S. J. Allen
  • Department of Anesthesiology, The University of Texas-Houston Medical School, Houston, Texas, USA
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19 March 2008 (online)


Excess fluid in the myocardial interstitium is a common manifestation of many clinical states. Extracellular myocardial edema should be a concern for clinicians as it has been demonstrated to produce cardiac dysfunction. This paper will briefly discuss those factors governing myocardial fluid balance and review the evidence of myocardial edema in various diseases.