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What tests are used to diagnose acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDs)?

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There are various tests your doctor might order to diagnose acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDs). Some of them include:

Scans. 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. These can be used to check your oxygen level. They can also look for signs of infection or anemia.

Heart tests. These 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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