Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

  • Hooman Poor


Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a syndrome characterized by increased permeability pulmonary edema, lung inflammation, hypoxemia, and decreased lung compliance. Clinical criteria include bilateral opacities on chest imaging, hypoxemia with a PaO2/FIO2 ratio < 300 mm Hg with positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) ≥ 5 cm H2O, and the respiratory failure cannot fully be explained by cardiac failure or fluid overload. Causes of ARDS can be categorized into those resulting from direct injury to the lungs (e.g., pneumonia, aspiration, toxic inhalation, near-drowning) and those from indirect injury to the lungs (e.g., sepsis, trauma, pancreatitis, blood transfusions). Lung inflammation in ARDS causes alveolar injury, leaky pulmonary capillaries, exudation of proteinaceous fluid into alveoli, and alveolar collapse. Patients with ARDS often require mechanical ventilation because of the increased work of breathing from decreased lung compliance and impaired gas exchange.


Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) Volutrauma Barotrauma Atelectrauma Positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) Opening pressure Closing pressure Permissive hypercapnia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hooman Poor
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  1. 1.Mount Sinai – National Jewish Health Respiratory InstituteIcahn School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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