Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a type of respiratory failure characterised by the rapid onset of diffuse inflammation in the lungs. Clinical signs include dyspnoea, tachypnoea and cyanosis. Current consensus holds that "acute respiratory distress syndrome" is the best term for this condition, instead of the former “adult respiratory distress syndrome” because ARDS can affect people of all ages.
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Acute respiratory distress syndrome - the ultimate non-cardiogenic pulmonary oedema