Adult respiratory distress syndrome: radiologic manifestations and course.


During a 36-month period, the serial chest x-ray films of 26 patients with the adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) were evaluated for the patterns of onset, course, and follow-up appearance when possible. An exudative phase appearance can be recognized, which can clear. The exudative phase appearances are (1) a bilateral, homogeneous, white-out alveolar appearance; (2) an asymmetric consolidative appearance; and (3) a central perihilar ("bat-wing") consolidative appearance. This progresses to a proliferative phase manifested on chest x-ray film as an interstitial appearance that must not be confused with fibrosis, as the chest x-ray film may return to normal.

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@article{Johnson1984AdultRD, title={Adult respiratory distress syndrome: radiologic manifestations and course.}, author={Thomas H. Johnson and Timothy L. Tytle and Robert E. Cooke}, journal={Southern medical journal}, year={1984}, volume={77 9}, pages={1136-8} }