newborn respiratory distress syndrome

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A respiratory failure that is characterized by deficiency of the surfactant coating the inner surface of the lungs, by failure of the lungs to expand and contract properly during breathing with resulting collapse, and by the accumulation of a protein-containing film lining the alveoli and their ducts. [ ]

Synonyms: HMD - Hyaline membrane disease respiratory distress syndrome of newborn pulmonary hyaline membrane disease Neonatal respiratory Distress syndrome hyaline membrane disease pulmonary hypoperfusion syndrome of newborn

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