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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

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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What is the causeof respiratory distress syndrome?

What is the causeof respiratory distress syndrome?

Two types: Sepsis syndrome, severe multiple trauma, and aspiration of saliva/gastric contents account for most cases of acute respiratory distress syndrome in the adult. Rds of the newborn is a completely different entity and a common problem in preterm infants. It is caused by deficiency of pulmonary surfactant in an immature lung. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my infant is in respiratory distress?

How can I tell if my infant is in respiratory distress?

Follow your gut: Moms are usually able to recognize abnormalities in their children by instinct. The first sign of a child in respiratory distress is usually decreased oral intake. Fast breathing "tachypnea", indrawing between the ribs "retractions", anxiousness, and changing color to blue are all indications that the infant needs to see a doctor urgently. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is respiratory distress syndrome?

Could you explain what is respiratory distress syndrome?

Pattern illness: The label for a newborn refers to the pattern of inadequate lung function after birth. There are several potential causes, but the classical picture is the premature infant whose lungs have not developed completely by the time they deliver. Like painting walls in your house, lungs air sacs need a coating that keeps the air sacs open between breaths. This comes in late for premi's. ...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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What are the tests for adult respiratory distress syndrome?

What are the tests for adult respiratory distress syndrome?

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

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What does adult respiratory distress syndrome turn out like?

What does adult respiratory distress syndrome turn out like?

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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What are the tests for respiratory distress syndrome in child?

What are the tests for respiratory distress syndrome in child?

Hx, Px, X ray: Rds is expected in premature infants or infants of diabetic mothers & emerges as increased work of breathing, need for oxygen & suggestive changes on xrays. There is some overlap of neonatal pneumonia, blood poisoning & rds symptoms & xrays so most are treated aggressively for all. Older kids can have a similar problem & the label is used when the pattern, xrays and o2 needs fit the pattern. ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of adult respiratory distress syndrome?

Trouble breathing: The one symptoms that all who get ARDS is dyspnea, which progresses to an inability to breath on their own. Cough may be present, but not always, fever may be present, as well as chest tightness. Pain is usually absent. ...Read more

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Aside from respiratory distress, when do you place someone on oxygen?

Aside from respiratory distress, when do you place someone on oxygen?

Oxygen: oxygen is used when the blood oxygen level is low. It will not necessarily help shortness of breath particularly when the oxygen levels are normal. Oxygen is also used for carbon monoxide poisoning and a few other special situations. ...Read more

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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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What amount time passes for a baby with respiratory distress syndrome to heal?

What amount time passes for a baby with respiratory distress syndrome to heal?

It depends: It really depends on a number of factors. Respiratory Distress syndrome can be associated with premature birth. The lung continues to grow during childhood which will help to minimize early injury to the lung.
Avoiding infection, good nutrition and immunizations are part of the healthcare plan.
PRMG/Pediatrics may review records faxed to: 858 259 9689.
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What is the definition or description of: Adult respiratory distress syndrome?

What is the definition or description of: Adult respiratory distress syndrome?

ARDS: ARDS, now know as acute respiratory distress syndrome, is an acute inflammatory respiratory illness resulting from lung injury that usually leads to respiratory failure and need for intubation/mechanical ventilation. It can be caused by an initial insult directly (as in a pneumonia) or indirectly (sepsis) to the lungs. ...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 is respiratory distress syndrome in a baby?

What is respiratory distress syndrome in a baby?

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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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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How to treat adult respiratory distress syndrome quickly?

Go to ER...: If a person is having difficulty breathing, they should get to an er immediately. In the er, if adult respiratory distress syndrome is present, the person will likely need to be on a mechanical ventilator while the possible causes are ruled out. Other medications, like antibiotics, will be needed depending on the cause of the ARDS in that particular case. Many causes for ARDS exist ...Read more

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What is adult respiratory distress syndrome and is it fatal?

See below: A reaction of the body against its own lung tissue in response to a variety of insults, such as infection, sepsis, pancreatitis, severe trauma, burns, severe allergy etc etc. It can be fatal if not treated. With appropriate treatment, more than half of the patients survive, most regain normal or near normal lung function. ...Read more

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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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Could you explain what is infant respiratory distress syndrome?

Could you explain what is infant respiratory distress syndrome?

RDS: Is due to immaturity of the lungs at birth. The lungs produce a product called surfactant as they mature, prior to completion of the pregnancy term. When a baby is pre-term, then there may be a lack of adequate surfactant. This is called respiratory distress syndrome. Surfactant helps the lungs to inflate properly so they can exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide. It usually improves in days. ...Read more

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What is infant respiratory distress syndrome? How is it treated?

What is infant respiratory distress syndrome? How is it treated?

RDS: We build lungs in stages like 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 a breath. Infants that are not making enough surfactant to keep air sacs open so too many will deflate leading to distress. Respiratory assistance is needed until a baby starts making more surfactant ...Read more

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What is infant respiratory distress syndrome? How is it treated?

What is infant respiratory distress syndrome? How is it treated?

RDS: We build lungs in stages like 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 a breath. Infants that are not making enough surfactant to keep air sacs open so too many will deflate leading to distress. Respiratory assistance is needed until a baby starts making more surfactant ...Read more

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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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Which is the link between surfactant and respiratory distress syndrome?

Deficiency: The rds comes in 2 basic forms. That of premature infants that do not yet make enough surfactant, and the older kid/adult who looses their surfactant during an illness or toxic event. The surfactant helps assure that the bag like alveoli of the lung air exchange does not empty completely like a balloon. If it does, extra pressure is needed to inflate it to allow oxygen exchange. ...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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Severe stridor and respiratory distress. What is the immediate management?

Tube: If there is truly stridor, the patient needs immediate intubation and artificial ventilation. The respiratory distress will rapidly worsen. ...Read more

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