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What tests help diagnose acute respiratory distress syndrome?

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A chest X-ray is crucial and probably the first test your doctor will order. You might also get a computerized tomography (CT) scan. These can give your doctor an idea of how much fluid is in your lungs and where it's located.

Blood tests can check your oxygen level and look for signs of infection or anemia.

Heart tests might be ordered to rule out things such as heart failure, when your heart doesn’t pump blood to your body properly.

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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