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What is the treatment for adult respiratory distress syndrome?

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Supportive

The treatment for ARDS is mainly supportive.
First and foremost is to get at the underlying cause, like infection or pneumonia. Once the disease sets in, however, you need to support the patient: with oxygen, a ventilator if necessary, nutrition, and the like. Sometimes, but this is still controversial among lung doctors, steroids can help in ards.

In brief: Supportive

The treatment for ARDS is mainly supportive.
First and foremost is to get at the underlying cause, like infection or pneumonia. Once the disease sets in, however, you need to support the patient: with oxygen, a ventilator if necessary, nutrition, and the like. Sometimes, but this is still controversial among lung doctors, steroids can help in ards.
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