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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome From an Infectious Disease Perspective

Shah, Arpan MD; Ma, Kiet DO; Bhanot, Nitin MD, MPH; AlhajHusain, Ahmad MD; Cheema, Tariq MD

doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0000000000000283
Original Articles

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is an inflammatory form of lung injury in response to various clinical entities or inciting events, quite frequently due to an underlying infection. Morbidity and mortality associated with ARDS are significant. Hence, early recognition and targeted treatment are crucial to improve clinical outcomes. This article encompasses the most common infectious etiologies of ARDS and their clinical presentations and management, along with commonly encountered infectious complications in such patients.

Divisions of Infectious Disease (Drs Shah and Bhanot) and Pulmonary-Critical Care (Drs Shah, Ma, AlhajHusain, and Cheema), Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Correspondence: Arpan Shah, MD, Division of Pulmonary Critical Care, Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Health Network, 320 E North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (

The authors of this article have no disclosures to report.

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