Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome - Causes

Damage to the lung’s air sacs—called alveoli—causes ARDS. Fluid from tiny blood vessels leaks through the damaged walls of the air sacs and collects, limiting the lungs’ normal exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. The damage also causes inflammation that leads to the breakdown of surfactant—a liquid that helps keep your air sacs open.

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  • Syndication ID: 18861
  • Language: English
  • Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • Date Syndication Captured: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 06:13 PM
  • Date Syndication Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 01:37 AM


General: ARDS acute lung injury noncardiac pulmonary edema

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