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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more


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What are the tests for newborn respiratory distress?

What are the tests for newborn respiratory distress?

Various: Normally newborn with respiratory distress will need tests to measure lung function such as blood gases, pulse oximetry and a chest x-ray. They also need tests to determine the presence of infection such as a white blood cell count (cbc), and blood culture. There are other tests that maybe used such as CRP which is blood protein that maybe elevated in the presence of infection. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for newborn respiratory distress?

What is the treatment for newborn respiratory distress?

Various: Treatment of rds is directed at the most common causes of rds and may vary depending on many factors which include gestational age and risk factors for infection. Treatment is directed at supporting the babies lungs ability to maintain adaquate oxygen levels and treating infection therefore antibiotic are often administered along with oxygen and possibly surfactant and CPAP or mechanical ventilat. ...Read more

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Any recent research studies on preventing respiratory distress in newborns?

Any recent research studies on preventing respiratory distress in newborns?

Yes, indirectly.: Since the discovery that antenatal steroids could reduce respiratory distress syndrome (rds) more than 20 years ago, there have been few studies of preventing rds, per se. However, the major cause of rds is preterm birth and there have been lots of recent studies of conditions like preterm labor, gestational diabetes, and pregnancy-induced hypertension, that are associated with preterm delivery. ...Read more

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General concerns and questions about newborn with respiratory distress syndrome in intensive care?

General concerns and questions about newborn with respiratory distress syndrome in intensive care?

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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Delivery by cesarean section is one of the predisposing factors of neonatal respiratory distress syndrome, why? And how?

??RDS??: I would agree more cs babies have respiratory pbs than regular delivery but the issue is ttn ( transient tachypnea of the newborn) not rds.A trip down the birth canal helps squeeze some of the lung fluid out before birth, which does not happen for cs. About 10% of cs will have to work hard to clear that fluid & may require o2 & special care in the process.It usually clears in < 48hr. ...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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What babies are at risk of developing the neonatal respiratory distress syndrome?

What babies are at risk of developing the neonatal respiratory distress syndrome?

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

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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

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Respiratory System (Definition)

The respiratory system consists of all organs in the body related to breathing including the nose, mouth, trachea and lungs. All four of these are ...Read more


Dr. T. Allen Merritt
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Newborn Respiratory Distress (Definition)

Neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) is most commonly a complication seen in premature infants. The condition makes ...Read more