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A 37-year-old member asked:

how are respiratory failure and respiratory arrest different?

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Dr. Nestor Del rosario
Addiction Medicine 34 years experience
Respiration: Respiratory failure means the inability to breath enough to take adequate amount of oxygen and get rid of co2 and could be due to lung diseases. Respiratory arrest simply means a person stops breathing, no effort seen.
Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
Partial versus full: The job of the respiratory system, breathing, is to get oxygen from the air into the body ( the oxygen is fuel just like it is for a fire). It is also to eliminate the waste gas which is carbon dioxide. When the respiratory system can not do this job and either oxygen levels drop or carbon dioxide levels in the blood go up it's respiratory failure. If one stopped breathing its respiratory arrest

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What is the disease from pine tree sap that causes respiratory failure?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Asthma or fibrosis: Plicatic and abietic acids from cedar and pine resin cause direct damage to human epithelial cells and chronic exposure can lead to either occupational asthma or (if the worker's response is worse) can lead to pulmonary fibrosis. Woodworker's lung is the name for the fibrosis associated with the chronic inhalation of pine or cedar dust.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Is respiratory failure curable, or is the person doomed?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Respiratory Failure: Can occur for with a number of conditions that are reversible, so depending on the source for the respiratory failure, it may not be fatal. Those with end stage emphysema or copd, once they go into respiratory failure, are at a much higher risk of dying from respiratory failure.
A member asked:

Do lots of people get respiratory failure, or is it unusual?

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Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
Very common: Respiratory failure is very common, most patients in intensive care units require mechanical ventilation to breath and therefore have respiratory failure. In terms of chronic respiratory failure, where the lung function is severely impaired, one way to look at it is the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( copd, that is emphysema and chronic bronchitis is the nations 4th leading cause of death.
A 41-year-old member asked:

So what are the symptoms of respiratory failure?

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Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Respiratory failure: There are a couple causes of respiratory failure that can manifest differently. Respiratory failure from not getting enough oxygen usually causes people to breathe fast and deep and feel extrememly shrt of breath. Respiratory failure from too much carbon dioxide usually makes people sleepy and unresponsive. Respiratory failure from an obstructed airway makes it impossible to talk.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for respiratory failure?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Depends...: Respiratory failure results when a person is not able to adequately ventilate themselves. This can be caused by many conditions so part of the treatment is to treat the underlying cause. In the meantime, the patient would likely need oxygen therapy, non-invasive or even invasive artificial ventilation, depending on the severity of the respiratory failure. Abgs would help determine initial therapy.

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