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Respiratory acidosis

  • Alternative Names

    Ventilatory failure; Respiratory failure; Acidosis - respiratory


    Do not smoke. Smoking leads to the development of many severe lung diseases that can cause respiratory acidosis.

    Losing weight may help prevent respiratory acidosis due to obesity (obesity-hypoventilation syndrome).

    Be careful about taking sedating medicines, and never combine these medicines with alcohol.


    Seifter, JL. Acid base disorders. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier. 2007: chap 119.