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Acute respiratory distress syndrome

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 29 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:344
  1. P V Dicpinigaitis
  1. Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY 10461, USA.

    EDITOR, - In their review of the acute respiratory distress syndrome Richard Beale and colleagues maintain that a pulmonary artery occlusion pressure of less than 18 mm Hg is required to allow differentiation between the syndrome and pulmonary oedema secondary to acute heart failure and fluid overload.1 I would caution against using a specific pulmonary artery occlusion pressure to distinguish pulmonary oedema of cardiac …

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