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Doctor insights on: Polyhydramnios Respiratory Distress Syndrome

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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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Could you explain what is respiratory distress syndrome?

Could you explain what is respiratory distress syndrome?

RDS: Rds or respiratory distress syndrome is a term usually used to describe a condition in the newborn that is used when the newborn is having some degree of respiratory or breathing problems. There are a number of causes...Like a very quick delivery...Inhaled amniotic fluid...This usually abates with time and supportive care. I am not sure if you are referring to an adult, but this is for a newborn. ...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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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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What is respiratory distress syndrome rds?

What is respiratory distress syndrome rds?

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

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What is acute respiratory distress syndrome ards?

What is acute respiratory distress syndrome ards?

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

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What is acute respiratory distress syndrome (ards)?

What is acute respiratory distress syndrome (ards)?

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

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What are treatments for acute respiratory distress syndrome?

What are  treatments for acute respiratory distress syndrome?

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

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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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What are the best treatments for acute respiratory distress syndrome around?

What are the best treatments for acute respiratory distress syndrome around?

Supportive: 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

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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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How long do you stay in the hospitol if ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome)?

How long do you stay in the hospitol if ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome)?

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

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How can cesarean delivery be a possible risk factor for ttn or respiratory distress syndrome?

How can cesarean delivery be a possible risk factor for ttn or respiratory distress syndrome?

Not squeezed: Normal vaginal delivery squeezes some of the fluid in the lung spaces out during passage through the birth canal. C-sections alows that fluid to remain and thereby can cause a poor exchange of oxygen. Ttn uaually resolves on its own with supportive care. Ttn can also happen with a normal delivery but less often. ...Read more

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Does a baby learn to make its own surfactant if it is born with respiratory distress syndrome?

Does a baby learn to make its own surfactant if it is born with respiratory distress syndrome?

Yes: With rare exceptions, all babies have the ability to make their own surfactant, even if they have not done so prior to birth. Once born, the surfactant system is activated, even in extremely preterm infants, and they will start to make their own surfactant within several hours. There are rare genetic conditions where the baby can never make their own surfactant. ...Read more

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