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How do you diagnose acute respiratory distress syndrome?

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Other conditions can have similar symptoms, and no one test can identify ARDS. It’s more of a puzzle your doctor has to piece together.

They'll look for:

You'll probably get tests, including:

  • Signs of extra fluid in your body
  • Bluish color on your lips or skin
  • Chest X-ray
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan
  • Blood tests
  • Heart tests

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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