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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (cont.)


  • Outlook of persons with ARDS has improved over the last 20 years; a majority of people survive.
  • Persons with a poor outlook include those older than 65 years and those with sepsis as the underlying cause. The adverse effect of age may be related to the underlying health status.
  • Survivors of ARDS may recover normal lung function. However, some of them may have residual lung impairment or persistent muscle weakness. Typically, the lung dysfunction is mild, but ARDS can lead to severe lung damage and a reduced health-related quality of life.
  • Severe disease and prolonged duration of mechanical ventilation are predictors of persistent abnormalities in lung function.

Support Groups and Counseling

Because ARDS can be fatal, family members of people with ARDS are under extreme stress. It is important that family and friends of the person remain positive. They can seek support from ARDS survivors, family, and friends.

For More Information About ARDS

ARDS Support Center, Inc.

American Lung Association

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Division of Lung Diseases

The ARDS Foundation

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/30/2014
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