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respiratory acidosis
 

Respiratory acidosis is a condition that occurs when the lungs cannot remove all of the carbon dioxide the body produces. This disrupts the body's acid-base balance and the body fluids become too acidic.

 
Symptoms

Symptoms may include:

 

  • confusion
  • fatigue
  • lethargy
  • shortness of breath
  • sleepiness
 
Causes

Causes may include:

 

  • diseases of the airways (such as asthma or chronic obstructive lung disease)
  • diseases of the chest that make the lungs function less efficiently
  • disease of the nerves and muscles that signal the lungs to inflate or deflate
  • drugs including narcotics, especially when combined with alcohol
  • obesity
 
Treatments

Treatment may include:

 

  • bronchodilator drugs
  • quitting smoking
  • noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation or mechanical ventilation
  • oxygen therapy

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