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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome ( ARDS)
« on: August 10, 2009, 08:08:58 PM »

Chest x-ray interpretation, Respiratory distress syndrome

What Causes ARDS?

Acute respiratory distress syndrome is a manifestation of acute injury to the lung, commonly resulting from some conditions or factors  Some common ones are:

Sepsis. This is a condition in which bacteria infect the bloodstream.

Pneumonia. This is an infection in the lungs.

Severe bleeding due to an injury to the body.

An injury to the chest or head, like a severe blow.

Breathing in harmful fumes or smoke.

Inhaling vomited stomach contents from the mouth

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of ARDS?
The first signs and symptoms of ARDS are feeling like you can't get enough air into your lungs, rapid breathing, and low oxygen levels in the blood.

Other signs and symptoms depend on the cause of the condition. They may occur before ARDS develops. For example, if pneumonia is causing ARDS, you may have a cough and fever before you feel short of breath.

Sometimes, people with ARDS develop signs and symptoms such as low blood pressure, confusion, and extreme tiredness. This may mean that the body's organs, such as the kidneys and heart, aren't getting enough oxygen-rich blood.

How Is ARDS Treated?
ARDS is treated with oxygen, fluids, and medicines. Treatments are done in a hospital's intensive care unit.

The main goals of treating ARDS are to get oxygen to your lungs and organs (like the brain and kidneys) and treat the underlying condition that's causing ARDS.

Oxygen
First, your doctor will try to give you Please read and comply to forum guidelines. Thank you. oxygen through soft, plastic prongs that fit into your nose, or through a mask that fits over your mouth (or mouth and nose).

Fluids
Fluids may be given to improve the flow of blood through your body and to provide nutrition. Your doctor will make sure you get the right amount of fluids

Medicines
Your doctor may give you medicines to prevent and treat infections and to relieve discomfort

Source:
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Ards/Ards_Causes.html
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