• shareIcon

What are the causes of ARDS?

Other Diseases By Himanshu Sharma , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Jan 24, 2013
What are the causes of ARDS?

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a lung condition that leads to low oxygen levels in the blood. The causes of ARDS are pneumonia and severe bleeding caused by an injury to the body.

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a lung condition that leads to low oxygen levels in the blood. ARDS can be life-threatening condition because body's organs, such as the kidneys and brain, need oxygen-rich blood to work properly.

 

ARDS causes

 

ARDS usually occurs in people with an underlying medical condition or who have major injuries. In ARDS, infections, injuries, or other conditions cause the lung's capillaries to leak more fluid than normal into the air sacs. This prevents the lungs from filling with air and moving enough oxygen into the bloodstream.

 

Causes

Many conditions or factors can directly or indirectly injure the lungs and lead to ARDS. Some common ones are:

  • Sepsis (a condition in which bacteria infects the bloodstream)
  • Pneumonia (an infection in the lungs)
  • Severe bleeding caused by an injury to the body
  • An injury to the chest or head like a severe blow
  • Breathing in harmful fumes or smoke
  • Inhaling vomited stomach contents from the mouth.


It remains unknown why people develop ARDS. Researchers are trying to find out why ARDS develops and how to prevent it.


ARDS is treated with oxygen therapy, fluids, and medicines. Treatments are done in a hospital's intensive care unit. The main objective in treating ARDS includes getting oxygen to your lungs and organs (like the brain and kidneys) and treating the underlying condition that's causing ARDS.

 

Read more articles on ARDS.

 

 

Disclaimer

All possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; however Onlymyhealth.com does not take any liability for the same. Using any information provided by the website is solely at the viewers’ discretion. In case of any medical exigencies/ persistent health issues, we advise you to seek a qualified medical practitioner before putting to use any advice/tips given by our team or any third party in form of answers/comments on the above mentioned website.

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK