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“Imitators” of the ARDS*: Implications for Diagnosis and Treatment

Marvin I. Schwarz; Richard K. Albert
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*From the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver Health Medical Center, Denver, CO.

Correspondence to: Marvin I. Schwarz, MD, FCCP, Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine, Campus Box C272, School of Medicine 5525, 4200 East Ninth Ave, Denver, CO 80222; e-mail: marvin.schwarz@uchsc.edu



Chest. 2004;125(4):1530-1535. doi:10.1378/chest.125.4.1530
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Acute lung injury (ALI) and ARDS (ALI/ARDS) are defined as follows: (1) an illness having an acute onset, (2) an arterial oxygen tension/inspired oxygen fraction ≤ 200 mm Hg (or ≤ 300 mm Hg for ALI), (3) the presence of bilateral infiltrates on frontal chest radiographs, and (4) a pulmonary artery occlusion pressure ≤ 18 mm Hg if measured, or no clinical evidence of left atrial hypertension when not measured.12

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