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Respiratory acidosis

  • Alternative Names

    Ventilatory failure; Respiratory failure; Acidosis - respiratory


    Prevention

    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.


    References

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