Claudia SeilerTitle: Doctoral Student School/office: School of Medical Sciences
Phone: +46 19 303000
About Claudia Seiler
About Claudia Seiler
Claudia Seiler is a doctoral student in medical sciences, with a specialisation in surgical sciences, at Örebro University. She is consultant anaesthetist at the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care at Falu Hospital. Claudia Seiler received her pre-doctoral degree at the Technical University of Munich in 2004.
Since 2018, Claudia participates in a research project investigating swimming-induced pulmonary oedema (SIPE). In divers, the condition is also known as immersion pulmonary oedema (IPE). The project is a cooperation between researchers and physicians in the regions of Dalarna, Gävleborg and Örebro, Sweden.
Every year, the project evaluates data from some 60 previously healthy swimmers presenting with SIPE in connection with the open water race “Vansbrosimningen”. SIPE occurs during open water swimming and presents with symptoms of shortness of breath, cough, reduced vigour and sometimes the coughing up of mucus or blood. The condition usually resolves spontaneously, however severe cases requiring intensive care have been reported.
Open water swimming competitions are becoming increasingly popular, yet evidence on SIPE is scarce. The aim of this research project is to improve knowledge about SIPE regarding risk factors, pathophysiology, diagnostics, treatment, and future risk. Results of this project can be used to provide advice to organisers enhancing swimmers’ security in open water competitions, as well as to improve emergency medical care of patients with SIPE.
The main focus of Claudia Seiler’s doctoral project is diagnostic criteria for SIPE, evaluation of prehospital treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), as well as cardiac function in patients presenting with SIPE. Lung ultrasound, which is also Claudia Seiler’s clinical specialty, is part of the research.
Claudia Seiler has also initiated and published research on the role of lung ultrasound in assessing the need for invasive ventilation in patients with severe COVID-19.
Articles in journals
- Seiler, C. , Kristiansson, L. , Klingberg, C. , Sundh, J. , Eriksson, A. B. , Lundeqvist, D. , Nilsson, K. F. & Hårdstedt, M. (2022). Swimming-induced pulmonary edema: evaluation of prehospital treatment with continuous positive airway pressure or positive expiratory pressure device. Chest.
- Hårdstedt, M. , Kristiansson, L. , Seiler, C. , Eriksson, A. B. & Sundh, J. (2021). Incidence of swimming-induced pulmonary edema (SIPE): a cohort study based on 47,600 open-water swimming distances. Chest, 160 (5), 1789-1798.