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A 41-year-old member asked:

Could you explain what is acute respiratory distress syndrome?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 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 28 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.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Could you explain what is respiratory distress syndrome?

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Dr. Todd Zimmerman
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 27 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.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What are treatments for acute respiratory distress syndrome?

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Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 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.
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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 44 years experience
Respiratory suppress: Opiates suppress the part of the brain that manages breathing.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the best treatments for acute respiratory distress syndrome around?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Intubation: High oxygen concentration, steroids and peep, .
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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 18 years experience
Steroids are not likely to be beneficial, there was one low quality study published in Chest in 2006, but other studies have shown no benefit or harm. Ventilation strategies that aim to reduce stretch to the lung have resulted in significant mortality reductions.
Aug 6, 2012

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