Pharmacological treatments in ARDS; a state-of-the-art update

BMC Med. 2013 Aug 20;11:166. doi: 10.1186/1741-7015-11-166.


Despite its high incidence and devastating outcomes, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) has no specific treatment, with effective therapy currently limited to minimizing potentially harmful ventilation and avoiding a positive fluid balance. Many pharmacological therapies have been investigated with limited success to date. In this review article we provide a state-of-the-art update on recent and ongoing trials, as well as reviewing promising future pharmacological therapies in ARDS.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Humans
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome / drug therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome