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acute respiratory failure

Acute respiratory failure occurs when the level of oxygen in the blood becomes dangerously low or the level of carbon dioxide becomes dangerously high.


Symptoms may include:

  • respiratory failure
  • shortness of breath
  • cyanosis (bluish color to skin)
  • coma

Causes may include:


Treatment may include:

  • hospitalization
  • oxygen
  • medication
  • mechanical ventilation

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