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Respiratory acidosis

  • Alternative Names

    Ventilatory failure; Respiratory failure; Acidosis - respiratory


    Symptoms

    Symptoms may include:

    • Confusion
    • Easy fatigue
    • Lethargy
    • Shortness of breath
    • Sleepiness

    Signs and tests
    • Arterial blood gas (measures levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood; in respiratory acidosis, the level of carbon dioxide is too high)
    • Chest x-ray
    • Pulmonary function test