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The definition of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is defined and diagnosed by the following criteria, which has been promulgated or endorsed by the European…

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy explained

Introduction Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves the use of hyperbaric chambers, large cylindrical structures made of steel that can be pressurized…

Prevention and management of hepatic encephalopathy

Mechanism of hepatic encephalopathy Several theories regarding the pathophysiology of hepatic encephalopathy (HE) exist. The leading driver of HE appears to…

Signs of acute congestive heart failure on chest x-ray and clinical examination

Here are the most telling signs of acute congestive heart failure on chest x-ray and clinical examination. Chest x-ray Pulmonary venous…

Lung cancer in a nutshell

Here is a summary of the risk factors, subtypes, staging, and treatment of lung cancer. Suffice to say, there are…

The ECOG performance status

The Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status is a powerful and succinct method of classifying the condition of a patient…

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