Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) (Pulmonary Edema)

Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) (Pulmonary Edema)

Dr. KennedyAdult respiratory distress syndrome is respiratory failure of sudden onset due to fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema) following an abrupt increase in the permeability of the normal barrier between the capillaries in the lungs and the air sacs. Also known as acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), ARDS is the most serious response to acute lung injury. Causes include but are not limited to aspiration, inhalation of a toxic substance, widespread infection of the lungs, sepsis and near-drowning.

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