A Broader View of ARDS

  • B. Ricou
Part of the Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (YEARBOOK, volume 1996)


Since the adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) was first defined by Ashbaugh et al in 1967 [1], there has been increasing evidence that this syndrome encompasses a number of very different diseases. Diverse clinical circumstances can induce acute lung injury (ALI) [2] but no element common to all these circumstances has been found. Why does severe trauma induce ARDS? Why does septic shock induce the “same” lung injury? What are the common mediators which contribute to the occurrence of ALI?


Lung Injury Acute Lung Injury Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Platelet Activate Factor Respir Crit 
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