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Title: Low to Moderate Air Pollutant Exposure and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome after Severe Trauma.

Authors: Reilly, John P; Zhao, Zhiguo; Shashaty, Michael G S; Koyama, Tatsuki; Christie, Jason D; Lanken, Paul N; Wang, Chunxue; Balmes, John R; Matthay, Michael A; Calfee, Carolyn S; Ware, Lorraine B

Published In Am J Respir Crit Care Med, (2019 01 01)

Abstract: Exposure to air pollution has molecular and physiologic effects on the lung that may increase the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) after injury.To determine the association of short- and long-term air pollutant exposures and ARDS risk after severe trauma.We analyzed data from a prospective cohort of 996 critically ill patients presenting with acute trauma and an injury severity score greater than 15. Exposures to ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter less than 2.5 μm were assessed by weighted averages of daily levels from all monitors within 50 km of the geocoded location of a patient's residence. Patients were followed for 6 days for the development of ARDS according to Berlin Criteria. The association between each exposure and ARDS was determined via multivariable logistic regression adjusting for potential confounders.ARDS developed in 243 (24%) patients. None of the short-term exposures averaged over the 3 days before presentation was associated with ARDS, except sulfur dioxide, which demonstrated a nonlinear association. Nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter less than or equal to 2.5 μm in aerodynamic diameter exposure over the 6 weeks before presentation was significantly associated with ARDS (P < 0.05). All long-term exposures (3 yr) were associated with ARDS (P < 0.01) in adjusted models, despite exposure levels largely below U.S. and European Union air quality standards.Long-term low- to moderate-level air pollutant exposure is associated with a greater risk of developing ARDS after severe trauma and represents a novel and potentially modifiable environmental risk factor for ARDS.

PubMed ID: 30067389 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Adult; Air Pollutants/adverse effects*; Carbon Monoxide/adverse effects; Female; Humans; Inhalation Exposure/adverse effects*; Male; Middle Aged; Nitrogen Dioxide/adverse effects; Ozone/adverse effects; Particulate Matter/adverse effects; Prospective Studies; Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Adult/etiology*; Sulfur Dioxide/adverse effects; Wounds and Injuries/complications*; Young Adult

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