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How Long Does It Take Untreated Pneumonia To Turn Into Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Hours to days: Pneumonia can cause respiratory distress in a matter of hours to days. Some cases of pneumonia can be very mild and might not cause significant respiratory symptoms even if untreated. Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) can occur due to any number of conditions, pneumonia is just one of them. It can happen within minutes or hours of the trigger. ...Read more
No definite time: Can happen rapidly over hours, up to several days. ...Read more
Depends on severity: ARDS can be a very serious illness. The patient may be dependent on a ventilator to support breathing from days to weeks. ARDS causes low oxygen levels in the bloodstream, which can lead to damage to other organs because all parts of the body need oxygen. Many patients recover eventually, but may have residual damage to the lungs. It's not possible to predict hospital stay exactly. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
How long would untreated pneumonia take to turn into acute respiratory distress syndrome, and then on to death?
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
Yes: Sometimes ARDS the a standing for acute, . ...Read more
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
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
Depends on the cause: ARDS obviously weakens the lungs, but recurrence is not common during recovery. ARDS can recur, especially if the reason it occurred is still present. There does seem to be a predilection for it in some people, perhaps because of an imbalance between pro and anti-inflammatory immune process. ...Read more
Many...: In acute respiratory distress syndrome, you need to treat the underlying cause. There are many, many syndromes that can result in ards. It is a serious condition usually treated in ICU settings. ...Read more
Respiratory suppress: Opiates suppress the part of the brain that manages breathing. ...Read more
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a scarring/inflammatory reaction in the lungs due to some insult: infection, injury, etc. You treat the underlying disorder, and it should get better. Some experts recommend steroids as well. But, this is controversial.
Basically, you treat ARDS supportively: oxygen, a ventilator if needed, prevent complications, and the like. ...Read more
YES: Yes will cause ards.Get a more detailed answer ›
It will increase: Lung compliance is how "stretchy" the lung is. When it gets filled with fluid and cells, like in ards, the lung becomes less flexible, less "stretchy, " and thus less compliant. Consequently, it becomes harder to inflate the lung and breathe, hence the shortness of breath. ...Read more
Decreases: The lung is filled with inflammatory exudate and the compliance decreases as it cannot stretch. This is a classic, we follow that on the ventilator and adjust the settings so that we don't stress out the lungs too much. I hope this answers your question, let me know if I can provide more detail. ...Read more
Depends on injury: ARDS is characterized by inflammation of the lung parenchyma leading to impaired gas exchange with concomitant systemic release of inflammatory mediators causing inflammation, hypoxemia, and frequently resulting in multiple organ failure. The initial acute lung injury can be lung infection resulting from flu, aspiration, sepsis, multiple trauma, shock, and other insults. ...Read more
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
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
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
Death of...: ...Cells that produce surfactant in the lungs. Surfactant keeps the alveolar walls from sticking together, and so keeps lungs open for breathing. Once these cells die, alveoli collapse. ...Read more
Resp. Distress syndr: Its caused by deficiency of surfactant that lines the airways&lung immaturity. From baby being premature vs genetic protein def. Varies in severity form baby to baby & some may require ventilatory support. Depends on gestational age from about 50% in babies born at 26–28 weeks, to about 25% at 30–31 weeks. Is more frequent in infants of diabetic mothers & in the second born of premature twins. ...Read more
Lung damage: Many drugs can cause scaring of the lungs. If the lungs are too severely damaged, it may lead to ards. ...Read more
Does respiratory distress syndrome only occur in premature babies or can it happen in older children too?
NB of any gestation: While this is most common in premi newborns it is occasionally seen in full term or post term infants. Infants of diabetic mothers for some reason are more prone to this rare event. Features & treatment is the same. ...Read more
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