Respiratory distress syndrome

Case contributed by Dr Matt A. Morgan

Presentation

24-25 week premature infant (750-1000 g). Increasing oxygen requirements (FiO2 42-48%).

Patient Data

Age: 3 weeks old
X-ray
  • lung volumes are mildly decreased
  • diffuse hazy lung opacification with diffuse bilateral granular opacities
  • orogastric tube, with tip in the stomach

Case Discussion

Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) is a consequence of surfactant deficiency in premature infants. It can worsen and improve relatively rapidly. In this case, the diffuse hazy opacification of the lungs indicates relatively severe RDS.

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Case information

rID: 61264
Published: 26th Jun 2018
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Tag: neonate
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded
Institution: University of Pennsylvania

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