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A Follow-up Study on Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Survivors after Extra-corporeal Membrane

Oxygenation by Pulmonary High-Resolution CT

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) is a very serious syndrome that’s often fatal to the

patient. In ARDS fluid collects in the lungs' air sacs and this deprives the body and vital organs of

oxygen. The patient suffers from dyspnea and refractory hypoxemia. Refractory hypoxemia is a very

rare condition. It is pretty much only seen with cases of ARDS. ARDS is a condition that appears

secondary to a different disorder or condition, such as Anemia or Pneumonia. Refractory hypoxemia is

a condition in which the body is deprived of oxygen, but even when oxygen is being delivered to the

lungs, it is not absorbed. The …show more content…


found in the study that the patients didn’t show much of an improvement with the ECMO device being



This study was really hard for me to understand. I had to read, reread and look up a lot of words that I

didn’t know the meaning to. They did a lot of different studies of the patients' illnesses and compared

them all to the other patients by monthly intervals. They also did CT scans of each patients' lungs and

compared their CT scans before and after ECMO treatment. There was a lot of pictures of the CT scans

and I wasn’t really sure what I was looking at. After I started to understand the article and what I was

reading, it all became very interesting. I’m really happy I picked health care as the career field for me

to go into because the science that goes into all the advancements in health care amazes me!


Li, MD, X., Sun, MD, B., Wang, MD, C., & He, MD, H. (2015). A Follow-up Study on Acute

Respiratory Distress Syndrome Survivors after Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation b Pulmonary

High-Resolution CT. Archives of Iranian

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