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Acute respiratory distress syndrome


Other Names for this Disease

  • Acute lung injury
  • Adult respiratory distress syndrome
  • ALI
  • ARDS
  • Increased-permeability pulmonary edema
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Overview

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a life-threatening lung condition that prevents enough oxygen from getting to the lungs and into the blood. [1] People who develop ARDS often are very ill with another disease or have major injuries.[2] The condition leads to a buildup of fluid in the air sacs which prevents enough oxygen from passing into the bloodstream. Symptoms may include difficulty breathing, low blood pressure and organ failure, rapid breathing and shortness of breath.[1]
Last updated: 5/17/2012

References

  1. Acute respiratory distress syndrome. MedlinePlus. March 3, 2012; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000103.htm. Accessed 5/17/2012.
  2. What is ARDS?. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). January 12, 2012; http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/ards/. Accessed 5/17/2012.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Acute lung injury
  • Adult respiratory distress syndrome
  • ALI
  • ARDS
  • Increased-permeability pulmonary edema
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.