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How is acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDs) diagnosed?

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No one test can identify a case of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDs). It’s more of a puzzle your doctor has to piece together. Other conditions can have similar symptoms.

To make a diagnosis, your doctor will probably begin by asking about your medical history. She’ll then likely do a physical exam and listen to your breathing and your heartbeat. She may also look for:

  • Signs of extra fluid in your body
  • Bluish color on your lips or skin

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “ARDS.”

NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is ARDS?”

American Lung Association: “Learn About ARDS.”

American Thoracic Society: “What is Acute Respiratory Syndrome?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “ARDS.”

NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is ARDS?”

American Lung Association: “Learn About ARDS.”

American Thoracic Society: “What is Acute Respiratory Syndrome?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

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