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ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)?

ARDS is a type of acute respiratory failure caused by fluid buildup in your lungs. The fluid prevents your lungs from filling with oxygen. Your blood is not able to get the oxygen it needs to carry to your body. Organs such as your kidneys can shut down from a lack of oxygen. ARDS is life-threatening and immediate treatment is needed.

The Lungs

What causes ARDS?

What are the signs and symptoms of ARDS?

Signs and symptoms usually start within 72 hours after injury to the lungs. You may have any of the following:

How is ARDS diagnosed?

How is ARDS treated?

The cause of ARDS must be treated. You will be admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) to be cared for in the hospital. You may need any of the following:

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