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Doctor insights on: Pneumonia Respiratory Acidosis

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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

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


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Difference between respiratory acidosis or alkalosis?

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

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What does nacl do with regards to respiratory acidosis or any other acid-base imbalances?

Acidosis: Nacl is not used to treat respiratory acidosis. In fact, large amounts of fluid containing nacl given IV can cause a metabolic acidosis. Nahco3, or sodium bicarbonate, is used to treat a certain type of metabolic acidosis (but not a respiratory acidosis). ...Read more

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Is respiratory acidosis be caused by drug use?

It can be: Drug overdose is one of the leading causes of respiratory arrest in people younger than 55. This leads to respiratory acidosis. ...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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What level of pH will determine the severity of respiratory acidosis ?

What level of pH will determine the severity of respiratory acidosis ?

Acidosis....: Respiratory acidosis occurs when there is a build up of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the blood because the respiratory system is not getting rid of the CO2. The kidneys will compensate by keeping bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) in the blood, thus lessening the degree of acidosis. A normal pH in the blood is 7.40 and anything less than 7.30 is worrisome! The pH, CO2 and O2 can be measured via blood gas analysis. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Respiratory System (Definition)

The respiratory system consists of all organs in the body related to breathing including the nose, mouth, trachea and lungs. All four of these are ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more