What describes the pathophysiology of adult respiratory distress syndrome?

Death of... ...Cells that produce surfactant in the lungs. Surfactant keeps the alveolar walls from sticking together, and so keeps lungs open for breathing. Once these cells die, alveoli collapse.

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Describe the pathophysiology of adult respiratory distress syndrome?

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...
ARDS. This is much to complex an issue to cover in 400 characters (letters+spaces). Go to a site like the national library of medicine and search there. They have such items detailed in downloadable format. Read more...

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...

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...

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...