acute respiratory distress syndrome

noun

Definition of acute respiratory distress syndrome

: respiratory failure of sudden onset in adults or children that follows injury to the endothelium of the lung (as in sepsis, chest trauma, massive blood transfusion, aspiration of the gastric contents, or pneumonia) and results in the accumulation of protein-rich fluid and the collapse of alveoli leading to difficult, rapid breathing and very low levels of oxygen in the blood abbreviation ARD

called also adult respiratory distress syndrome

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Recent Examples on the Web Clinical data has shown that patients with severe SARS-CoV-2 display high levels of inflammation, leading to acute respiratory distress syndrome and multiple organ failure. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 One is a severe complication called acute respiratory distress syndrome, which generally lands people in the ICU early on and can lead to ECMO. NBC News, 16 Apr. 2022 Most often, the women suffered from acute respiratory distress syndrome or sepsis, a life-threatening condition affecting major organs. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Mar. 2022 The acute respiratory distress syndrome came as a consequence of pneumonia, which would be listed on the second line, that was in turn a consequence a COVID-19 virus infection. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Sep. 2021 Despite widespread vaccine availability, Merkel and his colleagues are now caring for younger patients, those under 50, who are dying of complications from COVID, including organ failure and acute respiratory distress syndrome. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Sep. 2021 Officer Rick Longoria was diagnosed with coronavirus, pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome on Aug. 29. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, 11 Sep. 2021 Newspapers have been filled with vivid descriptions of those in the throes of severe acute Covid-19, battling acute respiratory distress syndrome assisted by mechanical ventilators in ICUs around the world. Hannah Wunsch, STAT, 22 Aug. 2021 On Monday morning, Mr. Thakur, 50, died of acute respiratory distress syndrome due to Covid-19, despite the hospital’s efforts, Dr. Pandey said. Krishna Pokharel, WSJ, 18 May 2021 See More

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1981, in the meaning defined above

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acute respiratory distress syndrome

noun

Medical Definition of acute respiratory distress syndrome

: respiratory failure of sudden onset in adults or children that follows injury to the endothelium of the lung (as in sepsis, chest trauma, massive blood transfusion, aspiration of the gastric contents, or pneumonia) with the accumulation of protein-rich fluid and the collapse of alveoli leading to difficult, rapid breathing and very low levels of oxygen in the blood The acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) has been recognized for more than 30 years as a severe form of acute respiratory failure. Patients with this disorder are critically ill, require mechanical ventilation in an intensive care unit (ICU), and have a high mortality, ranging from 35% to 50% in recent reports.— Harriet Kitzman et al., The Journal of the American Medical Association A relatively simple method of improving oxygenation in a patient with acute respiratory distress syndrome … is to place the patient in the prone position— James W. Leatherman et al., Scientific American Medicine Bulletin abbreviation ARDS

called also adult respiratory distress syndrome

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