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is ards related to fever and a high pulse rate and respiratory rate?

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Dr. Frank Mayo
47 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Not really: ARDS is a lung disorder that can occur as a result of infection, inflammation . It causes the lung to get small and inflamed and filled with fluid. Fever is common in ARDS as well as high respiratory rate. Severe cases require mechnical ventilation at low tidal volumes and high oxygen and peep as well as treatment of the underlying cause. Steroids not helpful initially.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014

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