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What is acute respiratory distress syndrome ards?

What is acute respiratory distress syndrome ards?

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. ...Read more

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What is acute respiratory distress syndrome (ards)?

What is acute respiratory distress syndrome (ards)?

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. ...Read more

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What's residual ARDS (acute respritory distress syndrome)?

What's residual ARDS (acute respritory distress syndrome)?

Lung functionimpairm: ARDS can cause lung scarring in its wake thereby causing an impairment in lung function after the patient recovers from the acute event. ...Read more

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How can acute pancreatitis cause adult respiratory distress syndrome?!

How can acute pancreatitis cause adult respiratory distress syndrome?!

Difficulty breathing: Acute pancreatitis can instigate an overwhelming inflammatory response that can severe inflammation of the lungs causing lung damage. The lung damage can be so severe which leads to a bad case of shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Can smoke lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome?

Can smoke lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome?

Risk factor: Acute respiratory distress syndrome ARDS isform of lung failure results, inability to carry oxygen is seen in sepsis, burns, major injuries, drugs pneumonia, viral infection, and when other starts to fail. Smoking is a very important , contributory risk factor, even though smoking itself alone will not cause ards. ...Read more

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What is neonatal respiratory distress syndrome?

What is neonatal respiratory distress syndrome?

Premature lung: Prematures lack surfactant which is essential to keep alveoli expanded. This results in gradual collapse of more and more alveoli, (atelectasis) making it more difficult to oxygenate the blood. This becomes hyaline membrane disease or neonatal respiratory distress syndrome. ...Read more

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Is acute respiratory syndrome fatal?

Is acute respiratory syndrome fatal?

Likely: ARDS still carries a very high mortality rate of about 35-38% in multiple studies and the morbidity rate is higher. Lot of work has been done and is ongoing. ...Read more

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What is respiratory distress syndrome rds?

What is respiratory distress syndrome rds?

RDS: We build our lungs in stages like building a house. One of the final stages is the production of a soapy material called surfactant that lines the inside of air sacs & prevents the sacs from deflating after air breathing starts.Infants that are not making enough surfactant to keep air sacs open so many will deflate leading to distress. Assistance is needed until a baby starts making more surfacta. ...Read more

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How could a heroin overdose cause acute respiratory distress syndrome (ards)?

How could a heroin overdose cause acute respiratory distress syndrome (ards)?

Leak: Heroin itself, as well as the many substances used to "cut" the heroin (think of it like the drug dealer watering down the drink, only ts the heroin being diluted, usually with talk, but any white powder, even bleach) can all cause direct injury the lung's blood vessel and lining, resulting in leak of plasma and fluid into the lung. This is exactly what ARDS is, pulmonary edema from leaky vessels. ...Read more

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How frequent is severe acute respiratory syndrome?

No longer seen: Are you referring to sars? The last reported case was in 2003. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) on the other hand is in fact quite common and as mentioned is usually found in every adult medical icu. The treatment is low lung volume ventilation and treating the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Why does a heroin overdose cause acute respiratory distress syndrome (ards)?

Possible: Vomiting and aspiration can cause ARDS and is the most frequent cause in heroin od. Sometimes direct toxicity from adulterants in heroin can cause an acute lung injury. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is acute respiratory distress syndrome (a.R.D.S.)?

What sort of problem is acute respiratory distress syndrome (a.R.D.S.)?

Fluid in lungs: ARDS ( first called da nang lung as it was seen in the wounded in the vietnam war) is seen with many kinds of injuries to the lung either direct like pneumonia, or indirect like traumatic injury). Inflammation starting in the lung or elsewhere causes the lung to become fluid filled, stiff and leads to respiratory failure. Treatment is mechanical ventilator support and treatment underlying cause. ...Read more

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Describe the pathophysiology of adult respiratory distress syndrome?

Describe the pathophysiology of adult respiratory distress syndrome?

Prematurity: Leads to immature lunga with inadequate surfactant, a detergent that helps keep alveoli open. High o2 concentrations can cause retrolentil fibroplasoia leading to blindness. ...Read more

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Explain the condition called adult respiratory distress syndrome.?

Explain the condition called adult respiratory distress syndrome.?

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. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is acute respiratory distress syndrome?

Could you explain what is acute respiratory distress syndrome?

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). ...Read more

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What exactly is SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome)?

What exactly is SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome)?

Shortness of breath: Simply put, it is a respiratory illness caused by a virus ( a coronavirus); there was an outbreak in 2002-2003, mostly in China, however there was cluster in Toronto as well. WHO defines it fever + cough/ shortness of breath + infiltrates on x ray. Basically a pneumonia caused by a specfic virus. Blood tests confirming presnece of virus/ virus antibodies are also necessary. ...Read more

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