Acute respiratory distress syndrome
Other Names for this Disease
- Acute lung injury
- Adult respiratory distress syndrome
- Respiratory distress syndrome, adult
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 People who develop ARDS often are very ill with another disease or have major injuries. 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.Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a life-threatening lung condition that prevents enough oxygen from getting to the lungs and into the blood.
Last updated: 5/17/2012
- Acute respiratory distress syndrome. MedlinePlus. March 3, 2012; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000103.htm. Accessed 5/17/2012.
- 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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