Pulmonary Edema: Lung Model Images
Pulmonary Edema: Lung Model Video
This STEAM project is intended to represent pulmonary edema, which is a medical condition where fluid fills the lungs, usually due to a heart-related condition that affects pulmonary blood vessels, or a variety of non-heart related causes such as high altitudes, viral infections and drowning. Specifically, the pulmonary capillaries that perform gas exchange with the alveoli are weakened and become more permeable, which allows fluid from the capillaries to enter the lungs. This fills the alveoli, and eventually floods the rest of the lung space as well, and can lead to symptoms such as respiratory distress, cyanosis, fatigue, etc. One lung in this demonstration is healthy and lacks fluid buildup, whereas the other is partially filled with fluid and its ability to draw in air is hampered. The blue and red wires are intended to represent veins and arteries, whereas the green-colored tube is intended to represent the bronchi. The objective of this project is analyze the effects of disease on structure and function of the respiratory system.