Respiratory distress syndrome

Case contributed by Dr Matt A. Morgan


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

Patient Data

Age: 3 weeks old
  • 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.

PlayAdd to Share

Case information

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

Updating… Please wait.

 Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

 Thank you for updating your details.