The acute respiratory distress syndrome

Marin H. Kollef, Daniel P. Schuster

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In this review we evaluate specific therapeutic strategies for the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)1,2 and make recommendations on their use. We begin with a brief overview of the laboratory tests used to evaluate suspected cases of the syndrome, because these often dictate the subsequent therapeutic approaches. The clinical features, pathogenesis, and pathologic features of ARDS have been reviewed extensively elsewhere.318 We recognize that the understanding of ARDS and its optimal clinical management will continue to advance and that our recommendations will therefore be modified. Definition of ARDS The recent European–American Consensus Conference on ARDS developed the following…

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-37
Number of pages11
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 5 1995


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