Overview acute respiratory distress syndrome ards occurs when fluid builds up in the tiny elastic air sacs alveoli in your lungs the fluid keeps your lungs from filling with enough air which means less oxygen reaches your bloodstream. Although the terminology of adult respiratory distress syndrome has at times been used to differentiate ards from infant respiratory distress syndrome in newborns the international consensus is that acute respiratory distress syndrome is the best term because ards can affect people of all ages. Acute respiratory distress syndrome causes fluid to leak into your lungs keeping oxygen from getting to your organs learn more about the causes risk factors symptoms complications diagnosis . Adult respiratory distress syndrome ards also called acute respiratory distress syndrome is a type of lung pulmonary failure that may result from any disease that causes large amounts of fluid to collect in the lungs ards is not itself a specific disease but a syndrome a group of symptoms and signs that make up one of the most important forms of lung or respiratory failure. Acute respiratory distress syndrome ards is a severe lung condition it occurs when fluid fills up the air sacs in your lungs too much fluid in your lungs can lower the amount of oxygen or
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