Respiratory System Major Parts

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Definition

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a life-threatening lung condition that prevents enough oxygen from getting into the blood.

See also: Infant respiratory distress syndrome


Alternative Names

Noncardiogenic pulmonary edema; Increased-permeability pulmonary edema; Stiff lung; Shock lung; ARDS; Acute lung injury


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

ARDS can be caused by any major swelling (inflammation) or injury to the lung. Some common causes include:

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