Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (cont.)
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Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Anteroposterior (AP) portable chest X-ray film shows an endotracheal tube, left subclavian central venous catheter into the superior vena cava, and bilateral patchy opacities in mostly the middle and lower lung zones. The person had been in respiratory failure for 1 week with the diagnosis of ARDS
Medically reviewed by James E. Gerace, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Pulmonary Disease
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/15/2016
Eloise M Harman, MD
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Since World War I, it has been recognized that some patients with nonthoracic injuries, severe pancreatitis, massive transfusion, sepsis, and other conditions may develop respiratory distress, diffuse lung infiltrates, and respiratory failure sometimes after a delay of hours to days.