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What causes acute respiratory distress syndrome?

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It’s not always clear what triggers it. Most people who get ARDS are already in the hospital for something else. That’s because it’s usually caused by an injury or another illness, including:

  • Sepsis
  • Accidents, like a car wreck or a fall
  • Breathing in harmful substances

Other possible causes include:

  • Pneumonia
  • Bleeding that requires a blood transfusion
  • Inflammation of the pancreas
  • Overdosing on cocaine and other drugs
  • Near drowning
  • Burns

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 Melinda Ratini on January 4, 2020

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 Melinda Ratini on January 4, 2020

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