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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

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Last full review/revision Sep 2020| Content last modified Sep 2020
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What's acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)?

Acute means sudden, and respiratory has to do with breathing. So acute respiratory distress syndrome is when you have sudden difficulty with your breathing.

What causes ARDS?

Some of the diseases that cause ARDS can also damage other organs besides your lungs. You may have problems with your kidneys, heart, liver, or brain.

How do doctors know I have ARDS?

Doctors base the diagnosis on:

  • Blood tests to measure the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide in your blood

  • Chest x-ray

They may do other tests to look for the cause of ARDS or see what other organs are affected.

How do doctors treat ARDS?

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