Acute Respiratory Failure in the Critically Ill: “Shock Lung”
Pulmonary failure has emerged as the single most lethal complication in the practice of critical care medicine. “Shock lung” or “adult respiratory distress syndrome” (ARDS) represents a clinical constellation often referred to as “shock lung.” The purpose of this chapter is to review some of the current concepts of the pathophysiology and principles of management of acute respiratory failure (ARF) following shock or complicating a critical medical or surgical illness. Our own studies have been with special emphasis on fluid accumulation in the lung.
KeywordsPulmonary Edema Acute Respiratory Failure Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome Colloid Osmotic Pressure Airway Closure
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