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So what are the symptoms of respiratory failure?

So what are the symptoms of respiratory failure?

Difficulty breathing: Strictly speaking respiratory failure is when there is 1) failure of the drive to breathe 2)inadequate air flow 3)inadequate transport of oxygen 4) failure of the chest wall and diaphragm 5) lung disease which limits the performance of normal lung functions. Sometimes artificial support with mechanical ventilation can temporarily provide time for the lung to repair. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Respiratory Failure (Definition)

Respiratory failure describes the condition where a person is unable to breathe in enough oxygen to supply the tissues of their body. Respiratory failure can occur in severe cases of asthma, pneumonia, or any condition that prevents a ...Read more


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What are the main symptoms of end stage respiratory failure?

Wide range....: There are a wide range of symptoms depending on if the respiratory failure results in carbon dioxide elevation or just low oxygen levels. Low oxygen levels can cause shortness of breath at rest when end-stage, fatigue, mental status change whereas high carbon dioxide levels can cause confusion, sleepiness. The skin can look blue especially at the fingertips, toes, lips. Coma and death can occur. ...Read more

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Why do people get respiratory failure?

Why do people get respiratory failure?

Many reasons: They may have underlying lung disease which is made worse by an infection or other trigger, or they may have an overwhelming other problem such as a heart attack, stroke, sepsis, major trauma or a variety of other things. Bottom line, there is a failure to oxygenate, or failure to ventilate, or both. Treatment and prognosis depends on all of the above. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can i die from acute respiratory failure?

Can i die from acute respiratory failure?

Yes: That is what most people die with that is when there is inadequate oxygenation and the ability to breath. ...Read more

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What are the tests for respiratory failure?

What are the tests for respiratory failure?

Depends...: The diagnosis of respiratory failure is typically made on the basis of abgs and the overall clinical picture. But, the cause of the respiratory failure needs to be diagnosed so it can be treated. To diagnose the cause of the respiratory failure requires a diagnostic work-up beginning with a history and physical exam which will then determine the rest of the work-up. ...Read more

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How does shock lead to respiratory failure?

How does shock lead to respiratory failure?

See below: In response to shock, the body secretes many substances, called cytokines, which may be damaging to the lungs causing an acute inflammatory reaction. ...Read more

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How painful is death from respiratory failure?

How painful is death from respiratory failure?

It varies: If you see people who are drowning, they really struggle at the beginning. People who develop resp failure from sepsis or copd, they suffer initially, but as the co2 rises it serves as a narcotic and we see them gasping but probably not suffering once consciousness wanes. But acute resp failure from any cause makes someone struggle. So please don't do anything bad. ...Read more

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In what way can shock cause respiratory failure?

What kind???: There are different types of shock so the precise answer depends on the type of shock you are asking about. But, in general, shock results in an inflammatory cascade which can cause respiratory failure mainly due to the build up of acids in the blood. The acids result in the person having to increase their breathing and this can lead to fatigue making ventilator support necessary. ...Read more

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What does it mean when someone has respiratory failure?

What does it mean when someone has respiratory failure?

Two types: The lung does two things, it provides oxygen and eliminates co2. If either fails then that is respiratory failure, and the causes can be many; (pneumonia, severe asthma attack, severe emphysema, heart failure, muscular weakness, lung injusry from fire, drugs, inhalation injry etc., ). Respiratory failure can also be acute or chronic. ...Read more

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

Not unusual...: There are lots of reasons for respiratory failure and some of them are rather common so respiratory failure itself is not all that uncommon, unfortunately! ...Read more

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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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. Jeffrey Stevens
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Respiratory (Definition)

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