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What causes direct lung injuries?

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The causes of lung injuries fall into two categories -- direct or indirect. Direct lung injuries can be caused by:

  • Aspiration (breathing stomach contents into the lung)
  • Bruising from trauma (like a car accident)
  • High altitude
  • Near-drowning
  • Severe pneumonia
  • Shock
  • Smoke inhalation from a fire

From: Do I Have a Lung Injury? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: "ARDS Symptoms, Causes and Risk Factors."

Mayo Clinic: "ARDS."

British Journal of Medical Practitioners: "Acute Lung Injury and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: A Review Article."

Reviewed by William Blahd on December 11, 2016

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: "ARDS Symptoms, Causes and Risk Factors."

Mayo Clinic: "ARDS."

British Journal of Medical Practitioners: "Acute Lung Injury and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: A Review Article."

Reviewed by William Blahd on December 11, 2016

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