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Respiratory syndrome is a medical condition that affects the respiratory system of an individual. There are many conditions that will cause respiratory syndrome. However, they have one thing in common and that is to prevent oxygen in getting to your organ and to the rest of the body.

It is a serious often fatal condition and can easily get worse. But it is easy to cure and mostly, people who were infected are able to recover completely. Early diagnosis and fast treatment can usually resolve respiratory syndrome.

The condition occurs when there is leaking of fluid from the small blood vessels and build up in the tiny air sacs of the lungs. When there is fluid buildup in these air sacs the lungs will not be able to fill up with enough air. This will then result in a lack of oxygen in the blood. The blood will need to pass by in the lungs to pick oxygen and carry it to the rest of the body. When there is a lack of oxygen, the organs and the rest of the body will be affected. The kidneys and the brain will not be able to function properly because of lack of oxygen.


The exact cause of respiratory syndrome is yet unclear. Doctors are still baffled why some people have it while some don’t.
Most often the development of a respiratory syndrome is usually a complication or the patient has another disease and only developed a respiratory disease as a secondary diagnosis.

Conditions that can cause respiratory syndrome may include:


Accidents that are traumatic and have causes severe injuries can sometimes damage your lungs which will affect its function. A fall can also be another cause. Sometimes these accidents can cause brain damage particularly to the area that handles breathing.

Chemical Inhalation

Inhalation of chemicals or toxins, including smoke and fumes can also trigger respiratory disorders.

Medical conditions that can also trigger the development of respiratory syndrome. These are pneumonia, pancreatitis, and substance overdose, blood transfusion because of a bleeding, burn and near-drowning accidents.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of respiratory syndrome include:

  • Hypotension or low blood pressure
  • Tachypnea
  • Confusion and fatigue
  • Because of the lack of oxygen in the blood, the lips and tip of the nails may be bluish in color
  • Dizziness

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If you think you are suffering from Respiratory Syndrome you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Respiratory Syndrome as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).