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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.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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ARDS: A lung injury caused by many different conditions where the membrane separating the air space from the blood space becomes porous allowing fluid to fill up the air spaces and prevent o2 transport. The lung becomes stiff and difficult to inflate increasing the work of breathing. Most people will require a ventilator and ICU care.
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
Severe SOB: ARDS is severe shortness of breath caused by an insult and inflamatory response to the lungs. Its not cardiogenic and can be infectious, toxic, or autoimmmune.Some pts need to placed on a ventilator while recovering.Breathing treatments, antiobiotics, steroids as needed.The source should be sought out to target therapy.
Dr. Wojciech Skrzypiec
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
Lung Injury: It is acute diffuse, inflammatory lung injury, leading to increased pulmonary vascular leakage, increased lung weight, and loss of aeration. The clinical hallmarks are hypoxemia( low oxygen) and bilateral radiographic opacities, and decreased lung compliance. It is acute lung injury due to direct or indirect insult. Commonly require mechanical ventilation.

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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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