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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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

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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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 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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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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How long should adult respiratory distress syndrome last?

How long should adult respiratory distress syndrome last?

Depends...: The length of time needed to recover from ARDS depends on the underlying cause. Many things can cause ARDS including infection, pulmonary embolus, cardiac causes, etc. Once the underlying cause is treated, recovery can begin. Patients who recover from ARDS usually face a lengthy recovery process, including some type of rehabilitation so encouraging the patient during this time is needed. ...Read more

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Can you cure adult respiratory distress syndrome quickly?

Depends...: The speed of recovery from adult respiratory distress syndrome, ards, depends on the underlying cause of the ards. For example, if it is due to infection, the appropriate antibiotics are needed. It will take time for the lung injury to heal, regardless of the cause. Patients who recover from ARDS typically require a lengthy recovery process, including some form of rehabilitation. Patience is key. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your child will have respiratory distress syndrome?

How can you tell if your child will have respiratory distress syndrome?

When it happends: The frequency of respiratory distress tends to increase as the term of pregnancy decreases, reaching about 50% before 36 wks in males. It can occur in term babies, particularly diabetic mothers & I have seen some 30 wk premi's that never had it. Other conditions like lung fluid retention, amniotic fluid aspiration & neonatal pneumonia can have an identical presentation in the newborn period. ...Read more

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What does it mean when if someone has adult respiratory distress syndrome?

ARDS...: In adult respiratory distress syndrome, ards, there is a severe lung reaction from some inciting event like infection, trauma, pulmonary embolus, cardiac causes, etc. The lungs develop severe, bilateral interstitial changes and the patient usually requires mechanical ventilation while the underlying cause is diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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Can a prematured baby with respiratory distress syndrome fully recovered?

Can a prematured baby with respiratory distress syndrome fully recovered?

Absolutely: There have been many studies showing excellent lung function in children who suffered from respiratory distress syndrome as premies. However, these babies may be more susceptible to long term consequences to the developing lungs of viral infections, cigarette smoke and allergens. ...Read more

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Can caesarian delivery and respiratory distress syndrome be related?

Can caesarian delivery and respiratory distress syndrome be related?

Yes: Generally respiratory distress following c section is because of fluid in the lungs that can take few hours to clear up , other times it really depends on the reason for the c section. If the c section is done because of fetal distress it indicates there was some problem already and c section is only incidental. ...Read more

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What is the link between surfactant lack and respiratory distress syndrome?

What is the link between surfactant lack and respiratory distress syndrome?

Surfactant deficienc: 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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Are bronchopulmonary dysplasia and respiratory distress syndrome the same thing?

Are bronchopulmonary dysplasia and respiratory distress syndrome the same thing?

Not exactly: Premature babies often develop respiratory distress syndrome (rds) from being on ventilators with extra oxygen in order to survive. If they don't recover completely, rds can turn into a chronic lung condition in babies and children which makes breathing difficult and sometimes requires prolonged oxygen support. The chronic condition is called bronchopulmonary dysplasia. ...Read more

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What is beractant prescribed for? Does it treat RDS (respiratory distress syndrome)?

What is beractant prescribed for? Does it treat RDS (respiratory distress syndrome)?

Beractant: It is a natural surfactant material extracted from bovine (cattle) lungs. Surfactant is a mix of proteins and lipids that naturally exists in our lungs to prevent complete collapse on exhaling. This material does not form till near end of pregnancy ( more than 34-35 weeks). Preterm babies who demonstrate evidence of significant RDS after birth are given beractant to help overcome the condition. ...Read more

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Bronchopulmonary dysplasia and infant respiratory distress syndrome are the same thing?

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia and infant respiratory distress syndrome are the same thing?

Degree of injury: Bpd is likely to occur in infants whose rds was prolonged and whose airway pressures for ventilation were high enough to produce the level of airway injury seen with bpd. The human system has a great capacity to repair itself over time & the bpd kid is the one whose lungs may show abnormalities for several years while the transient rds kid's lung is essentially normal by age 1. ...Read more

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Are bronchopulmonary dysplasia and infant respiratory distress syndrome one and the same?

Are bronchopulmonary dysplasia and infant respiratory distress syndrome one and the same?

No.: Infant rds happens minutes to hours after a premature birth, due to lack of surfactant ('lubricant') in baby lungs. Bpd is long-term (weeks to months) damage resulting from rds. ...Read more

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Why we can't put tetralogy of fallot as a differential diagnosis for infantile respiratory distress syndrome?

Why we can't put tetralogy of fallot as a differential diagnosis for infantile respiratory distress syndrome?

Medical Student??: If you are a healthcare student being asked to generate a differential diagnosis list for rds you could absolutely include ductal dependent congenital heart diseases. However tof may not be apparent until after the neonatal period unless there is profound outflow obstruction (like pulmonary atresia). ...Read more

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Respiratory System (Definition)

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