Acute respiratory distress syndrome
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|Acute respiratory distress syndrome|
|Synonyms||Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), adult respiratory distress syndrome, shock lung|
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a medical condition occurring in critically ill or critically wounded patients characterized by widespread
The hallmark of ARDS is
The syndrome is associated with a death rate between 20 and 50%. The risk of death varies based on severity, the person's age, and the presence of other underlying medical conditions.
Although the terminology of "adult respiratory distress syndrome" has at times been used to differentiate ARDS from "