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Articles  |   July 1992
Adult respiratory distress syndrome: a review for the clinician
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Articles   |   July 1992
Adult respiratory distress syndrome: a review for the clinician
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 1992, Vol. 92, 886. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1992.92.7.886
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 1992, Vol. 92, 886. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1992.92.7.886
Abstract

Adult respiratory distress syndrome is a common respiratory problem with a wide array of precipitating causes and an overall mortality rate of more than 50%. Signs on physical examination tend to be nonspecific as do laboratory findings associated with the syndrome. Because of its diverse etiology, there is no one specific treatment for adult respiratory distress syndrome. Therapy is primarily supportive and centers around the use of mechanical ventilator support. The authors discuss the pathogenesis and management of this syndrome together with some of the newer approaches to mechanical ventilation.