December 8th, 2009

At death’s door with H1N1 for three weeks

By Kelley Luckstein

Her son, Brad, just had the flu…

 

after two nights in the hospital, he could hardly breathe. A lung specialist at United told him his lungs were worsening. On the X-ray they were solid white, filled with fluid…

 

he problem was the fluid in Brad's lungs. He had a full-blown case of adult respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS…

 

why does it happen to some people but not others? No one knows for sure, but one prevailing theory is that it's genetic, said Dr. Greg Poland, an infectious-disease expert at the Mayo Clinic…

 

At this point, Poland says, it seems not that many people are susceptible to such an extreme response to H1N1.

 

Star Tribune, by Josephine Marcotty, 12/6/09

Tags: H1N1, Infectious Diseases, swine flu

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