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what sort of problem is acute respiratory distress syndrome (a.r.d.s.)?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Emergency: ARDS is a general term for acute respiratory failure in which the capillaries in the lungs leak causing the air spaces to fill with fluid. There are many causes. Treatment requires supplemental oxygen and a search for the underlying cause. Mechanical ventilation with a "breathing machine" temporarily is necessary in many cases.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014

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