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Clin Epidemiol. 2012;4:159-69. doi: 10.2147/CLEP.S28800. Epub 2012 Jul 16.

Acute respiratory distress syndrome: epidemiology and management approaches.

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  • 1The Pulmonary Center, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA.


Acute lung injury and the more severe acute respiratory distress syndrome represent a spectrum of lung disease characterized by the sudden onset of inflammatory pulmonary edema secondary to myriad local or systemic insults. The present article provides a review of current evidence in the epidemiology and treatment of acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome, with a focus on significant knowledge gaps that may be addressed through epidemiologic methods.


acute lung injury; acute respiratory distress syndrome; epidemiology; review

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