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What is respiratory acidosis and the cause?

What is respiratory acidosis and the cause?

Hard to breathe: The lungs inhale air to get oxygen and exhale to get rid of carbon dioxide (co2). When the lungs fail, co2 builds up in your blood stream which causes the ph of the blood to go down (lower ph means more acid), that is what we call respiratory acidosis. ...Read more

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more


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Respiratory acidosis and metabolic acidosis, which is worse?

Respiratory acidosis and metabolic acidosis, which is worse?

Worse acidosis: Both a respiratory (r) and metabolic acidosis (m) are bad. A r is due to retention of carbon dioxide (c) and a m is due to the presence of an organic acid. The treatment of a r is to reduce the c, blowing of c and the treatment of a m is to get rid of of the organic acid. ...Read more

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How are respiratory acidosis and metabolic acidosis different?

The source: Respiratory acidosis is the result of co2 build up in the blood, metabolic acidosis is the result of inability to remove acids or the addition of acids to the system. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a metabolic acidosis and respiratory acidosis?

What is the difference between a metabolic acidosis and respiratory acidosis?

Resp = CO2 retention: Respiratory acidosis relates to co2 retention, otherwise known as "hypercapnea". Metabolic acidosis occurs either from primary acid retention, renal dysfunction/failure or bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) losses. Primary acid retentions cause anion-gap metabolic acidosis from these etiologies (methanol, uremia, diabetic ketoacidosis, para-aldehyde, isoniazid, lactic acidosis, ethylene glycol, salicylates). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms and treatments of mild or moderate respiratory acidosis?

What are the symptoms and treatments of mild or moderate respiratory acidosis?

Respir. acidosis: Respiratory acidosis is the result of insufficient breathing in which you do not get rid of enough carbon dioxide, so it backs up in your blood stream and causes an acidosis. The treatment is to improve breathing. Sometimes you just need to stimulate or make the patient more alert, use antidotes for narcotic medications or sedatives, or use a breathing machine, if severe. ...Read more

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What is main abnormality in respiratory acidosis?

Respiratory Acidosis: The main problem isn respiratory acidosis is having too high a level of carbon dioxide. This occurs in mostly in people who have lung disease, such as copd, and people with neuromuscular diseases, who have weak respiratory muscles or a decreased respiratory drive, it can also occur with a narcotic overdose or overdose of some other medications. ...Read more

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Difference between respiratory acidosis or alkalosis?

Level of CO2: The lungs help regulate the blood's ph by regulating carbon dioxide (co2) exhaled, eliminating it from the body. If not enough co2 is exhaled then it builds up in the blood stream, and leads to respiratory acidosis. If excessive co2 is exhaled, as in hyperventilation, then this can cause respiratory alkalosis. ...Read more

Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


Acidosis (Definition)

Normally our body chemistry is kept in a narrow range, and in particular the amount of acid in the body is kept within a narrow range. The amount of acid is measured by a value called the ph. It is normally a value between 7.35 and 7.45, values below 7.35 are considered to be "acidotic" a patient with this value of the blood chemistry ...Read more