Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Evaluation

Evaluation of adult respiratory distress syndrome begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with adult respiratory distress syndrome may include:

Tests to evaluate the lungs and heart are necessary to confirm the diagnosis of adult respiratory distress syndrome.

Tests that may be used to evaluate adult respiratory distress syndrome include:

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Last Updated: Nov 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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