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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Not many: ARDS is a clinical disease; usually, chest xrays are usually suggestive. Ct scans of the chest are better. Sometimes, lung biopsies done by a lung surgeon are necessary to get at the diagnosis. There is no real blood test for the test. If you think you have ards, you should definitely seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more
Variable: Some people return to their previous state of health, but most have some lingering effects even as long as a year afterwards. Significant permanent impairment happens in about 10% of patients. Some of the effects are subtle an can only be detected with pulmonary function tests. Some people have a loss of energy and shortness of breath. ...Read more
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