What is respiratory distress syndrome?

Also known as: RDS, neonatal respiratory distress syndrome, infant respiratory distress syndrome, hyaline membrane disease.

Respiratory distress syndrome is one of the most common clinical conditions involving the lungs seen in premature babies. It involves breathing difficulties in the babies, as well as other potential complications.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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