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Causes of acute respiratory distress in children

Debra L Weiner, MD, PhD
Section Editor
Gary R Fleisher, MD
Deputy Editor
James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH


This topic will review causes of acute respiratory distress in children. A detailed discussion of the approach to children with acute respiratory distress and approach to children with severe upper airway obstruction is found elsewhere. (See "Acute respiratory distress in children: Emergency evaluation and initial stabilization" and "Emergency evaluation of acute upper airway obstruction in children".)

Other related topics including the initial assessment and stabilization of children with respiratory and circulatory compromise and airway management techniques, including rapid sequence intubation (RSI), and conditions causing respiratory distress in newborns are discussed separately:

(See "Initial assessment and stabilization of children with respiratory or circulatory compromise".)

(See "Basic airway management in children".)

(See "Emergency endotracheal intubation in children".)


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Literature review current through: Jul 2017. | This topic last updated: Dec 08, 2016.
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