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

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Low stretch

The best data for supporting a patient through ARDS is to prove low pressure, rapid ventilation.
Steroids, activated protein c , erc are not supported by evidence. Treating the underlaying cause is essential.

In brief: Low stretch

The best data for supporting a patient through ARDS is to prove low pressure, rapid ventilation.
Steroids, activated protein c , erc are not supported by evidence. Treating the underlaying cause is essential.
Dr. William Walsh
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Intubation

High oxygen concentration, steroids and peep, .

In brief: Intubation

High oxygen concentration, steroids and peep, .
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. William Walsh
Steroids are not likely to be beneficial, there was one low quality study published in Chest in 2006, but other studies have shown no benefit or harm. Ventilation strategies that aim to reduce stretch to the lung have resulted in significant mortality reductions.
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