Respiratory Distress Syndrome - Causes

RDS is a type of neonatal respiratory disease that is caused most often by a lack of surfactant in the lungs. A fetus's lungs start making surfactant during the third trimester of pregnancy, or weeks 26 through labor and delivery. Surfactant coats the insides of the air sacs, or alveoli, in the lungs. This helps keep the lungs open so breathing can occur after birth.


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  • SourceUrl: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/subscribe/4419
  • Syndication ID: 18752
  • Language: English
  • Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • Date Syndication Captured: Friday, July 12, 2019 at 02:26 PM
  • Date Syndication Updated: Tuesday, August 06, 2019 at 12:59 AM

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General: lung diseases RDS neonatal respiratory distress bronchopulmonary dysplasia oxygen therapy

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