Genetic Considerations

There may be genetic factors that influence both susceptibility and progression of ARDS. Survivors are more likely to have certain alleles of the genes that code for angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) and interleukin (IL)-6 than nonsurvivors.

GENDER, ETHNIC/RACIAL, AND LIFE SPAN CONSIDERATIONS

ARDS can occur equally across genders and at any age, including during childhood, to those who have been subjected to severe physiological stresses such as sepsis, burns, or trauma. Ethnicity and race have no known effects on the risk for ARDS.

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