Acute/adult respiratory distress syndrome

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Acute/adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS):

Form of pulmonary oedema – can rapidly lead to respiratory failure

Trauma is most common cause; others include anaphylaxis, aspiration of gastric contents, drug overdose, near drowning

Clinical features:
History of recent injury with increase in dyspnoea; cyanosis; tachypnoea; increased pulse rate; peripheral vasodilatation

Management – circulatory and respiratory support; antibiotics of any infection

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