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My girlfriend is in the hospital for ards. She was healthy. What happened?

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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
4 doctors agree

In brief: ARDS

Acute lung injury can occur in healthy people who develop infections or other causes of increased inflammation.
Since increased inflammatory chemicals are in the blood and this blood circulates through the lungs, it can damage the fragile membrane where air exchanges with the blood stream and cause fluid to leak into air spaces.

In brief: ARDS

Acute lung injury can occur in healthy people who develop infections or other causes of increased inflammation.
Since increased inflammatory chemicals are in the blood and this blood circulates through the lungs, it can damage the fragile membrane where air exchanges with the blood stream and cause fluid to leak into air spaces.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Causes...

ARDS can result from a variety of causes including infections, trauma, etc.
Sometimes, the cause is not known. If the cause is found, it will be treated aggressively. The rest of the treatment is providing supportive care so her body can recover. The road to recovery from this is often very long and the prognosis is often guarded. Best of luck to all of you!

In brief: Causes...

ARDS can result from a variety of causes including infections, trauma, etc.
Sometimes, the cause is not known. If the cause is found, it will be treated aggressively. The rest of the treatment is providing supportive care so her body can recover. The road to recovery from this is often very long and the prognosis is often guarded. Best of luck to all of you!
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Can say

Ard is a syndrome of lung injury that is caused by many things, pneumonia, trauma, severe infection elsewhere besides the lungs, smoke or chemical inhalation injury, & that is only a partial list.
Some of these things can strike otherwise healthy people. For example a severe flu can cause pneumonia and ards. Maybe the team taking care of her can discuss with you, ( family permitting).

In brief: Can say

Ard is a syndrome of lung injury that is caused by many things, pneumonia, trauma, severe infection elsewhere besides the lungs, smoke or chemical inhalation injury, & that is only a partial list.
Some of these things can strike otherwise healthy people. For example a severe flu can cause pneumonia and ards. Maybe the team taking care of her can discuss with you, ( family permitting).
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Lung reaction

ARDS is a lung damage from the body's reaction to a number of things: pneumonia, infection somewhere else, inflammation of the pancreas, or even drug abuse.
The treatment is supportive, and it can sometimes take a long time to get better. Hang in there!

In brief: Lung reaction

ARDS is a lung damage from the body's reaction to a number of things: pneumonia, infection somewhere else, inflammation of the pancreas, or even drug abuse.
The treatment is supportive, and it can sometimes take a long time to get better. Hang in there!
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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