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Could you explain what is acute respiratory distress syndrome?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
ARDS: Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ards/basics/definition/con-20030070 for info on ARDS which is described as fluid build up in lung sacs (alveoli).

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A 53-year-old member asked:

Can smoke lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Not Directly: Only with significant/severe smoke inhalation can ARDS and respiratory failure result. The majority of the time smoke inhalation is an irritant and causes cough, shortness of breath and wheezing.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is acute respiratory distress syndrome (ards)?

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Dr. Michael Taylor
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ARDS...: ...Is a problem where the small blood vessels in the lungs become leaky (capillary leak), causing the lungs to get very congested. This makes the lungs stiff and decreases the ability for oxygen to diffuse into the blood. ARDS can be caused by a variety of inflammatory process (such as infection, injury, burns, pancreatitis, etc.). ARDS can also be caused by blood transfusion or medications.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Could you explain what is respiratory distress syndrome?

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Dr. Todd Zimmerman
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
RDS: Rds or respiratory distress syndrome is a term usually used to describe a condition in the newborn that is used when the newborn is having some degree of respiratory or breathing problems. There are a number of causes...Like a very quick delivery...Inhaled amniotic fluid...This usually abates with time and supportive care. I am not sure if you are referring to an adult, but this is for a newborn.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are treatments for acute respiratory distress syndrome?

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Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
Vent support: Treatment is a complex and includes rx of underlying cause, such as treating infections present, etc. Support often with a mechanical ventilator in a way so the ventilator itself does not injure the lung but adequate oxygen is delivered( lung protective ventilation) removal of excess fluid with diuretic medicine sometimes. These patients are very ill and may need other forms of ICU care.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How does a heroin overdose cause acute respiratory distress syndrome?

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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Addiction Medicine 43 years experience
Respiratory suppress: Opiates suppress the part of the brain that manages breathing.

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