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Acute Respiratory Failure in a Young Smoker 

Acute Respiratory Failure in a Young Smoker
Acute Respiratory Failure in a Young Smoker

Mazen O. Al-Qadi

and Bernardo J. Selim

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date: 28 January 2021

Acute respiratory failure is a common reason for intensive care unit admission, and it is associated with high mortality among patients with multiorgan failure. In healthy immunocompetent adults, acute respiratory failure may develop from various causes, including acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). ARDS is characterized by acute onset of severe hypoxemia and bilateral pulmonary infiltrates due to noncardiogenic pulmonary edema.

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