Respiratory distress syndrome
24-25 week premature infant (750-1000 g). Increasing oxygen requirements (FiO2 42-48%).
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- lung volumes are mildly decreased
- diffuse hazy lung opacification with diffuse bilateral granular opacities
- orogastric tube, with tip in the stomach
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.