What are the causes for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
(ARDS)?

A number of risk factors are associated with the development of ARDS.
  • Sepsis (presence of various pathogenic microorganisms, or their toxins, in the blood or tissues)
  • Severe traumatic injury (especially multiple fractures), severe head injury, and injury to the chest
  • Fracture of the long bones
  • Transfusion of multiple units of blood
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Drug overdose
  • Aspiration
  • Viral pneumonias
  • Bacterial and fungal pneumonias
  • Near drowning
  • Toxic inhalations

    Source: http://www.emedicinehealth.com