Ventilatory failure; Respiratory failure; Acidosis - respiratory
Treatment is aimed at the underlying lung disease, and may include:
- Bronchodilator drugs to reverse some types of airway obstruction
- Noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation (sometimes called
CPAPor BiPAP) or mechanical ventilation if needed
- Oxygen if the blood oxygen level is low
- Treatment to
How well you do depends on the disease causing the respiratory acidosis.
- Poor organ function
- Respiratory failure
Calling your health care provider
Severe respiratory acidosis is a medical emergency. Seek immediate medical help if you have symptoms of this condition.
Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of lung disease.
Review Date: 08/08/2009
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.