Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Also called  idiopathic respiratory distress syndrome , or  hyaline membrane disease  a common complication in infants, especially in premature newborns, characterized by extremely laboured breathing, cyanosis (a bluish tinge to the skin or mucous membranes), and abnormally low levels of oxygen in the arterial blood. Before the advent of effective treatment, respiratory distress syndrome was frequently fatal. Autopsies of children who had succumbed

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