Author Affiliation: Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington, Seattle. Corresponding Author: Gordon D. Rubenfeld, MD, MSc, Box 359762, Harborview Medical Center, 325 Ninth Ave, Seattle WA 98104-2499 (e-mail: email@example.com).
with no prior medical history presents to an emergency department with
cough and fever and is treated for bronchitis. She returns 3 days later
with dyspnea and a chest radiograph reveals bilateral lower lobe
opacities. Progressive respiratory failure leads to hospital admission
and ultimately to intubation and mechanical ventilation. For
intensivists around the world, this scenerio is not an uncommon
presentation for patients diagnosed with acute respiratory distress
syndrome (ARDS). The only difference is that this patient with ARDS has
the additional history that she "recently returned from a trip to
Hong Kong China" and therefore has severe acute respiratory syndrome
Rubenfeld GD. Is SARS Just ARDS? JAMA. 2003;290(3):397–399. doi:10.1001/jama.290.3.397-a
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