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VOLUME 25 , ISSUE 6 ( June, 2021 ) > List of Articles

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome in the Elderly

Ganshyam Jagathkar

Keywords : Acute respiratory distress syndrome, Elderly people, Outcomes

Citation Information : Jagathkar G. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome in the Elderly. Indian J Crit Care Med 2021; 25 (6):613-614.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-23877

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-06-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a commonly encountered complex syndrome of varied etiology and outcomes. The elderly population is at a high risk of developing severe ARDS with poor outcomes. The age-related changes in the immune system, structural and functional modifications of the respiratory system, and the frailty with a decrease in the physiological reserve of organ systems place them precariously for poor outcomes. However, does age alone influence the outcomes or is it the associated comorbidities that determine mortality in the elderly is not clearly known.


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