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Why would someone someone hyperventilate excessively then go completely apneic?

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Dr. John Feola
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: R/O OSA

OSA can be suggested by history and physical.
Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP EVAL.

In brief: R/O OSA

OSA can be suggested by history and physical.
Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP EVAL.
Dr. John Feola
Dr. John Feola
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Dr. Harold Kim
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Alkalosis

Rapid breathing makes your blood alkaline.
Absence of breathing makes your blood acidic. Your breathing is also regulated by your oxygen level in your blood/brain. Desire to breath, though is driven by your acid/base balance in your blood. As a result, your body going apneic is its response to re-balance it's blood ph to normalcy.

In brief: Alkalosis

Rapid breathing makes your blood alkaline.
Absence of breathing makes your blood acidic. Your breathing is also regulated by your oxygen level in your blood/brain. Desire to breath, though is driven by your acid/base balance in your blood. As a result, your body going apneic is its response to re-balance it's blood ph to normalcy.
Dr. Harold Kim
Dr. Harold Kim
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