The clinical management of an unusual case of postoperative ARDS is reported. A few hours following neck surgery and septic insult, the patient developed unexpected ARDS. Aetiologic and supportive treatment were successfully instituted and after 72 hours of intensive therapy, the patient's clinical status improved. The very short time lapse between the septic insult and appearance of ARDS is emphasized. A brief literature review on aetiology, diagnosis and therapy of sepsis, as well as some pertinent aspects concerning the pathogenesis of ARDS and its linkage to sepsis are presented.
- lung: respiratory distress syndrome
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine