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How does a respiratory tract infection result in respiratory failure?

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Dr. Tony Ho
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Exhaustion

A respiratory tract infection can increase work of breathing due to inflammation of the airways or filling of the airspaces with fluid; this increase in work can go beyond what the patient can sustain, especially if they are older and otherwise sick.

In brief: Exhaustion

A respiratory tract infection can increase work of breathing due to inflammation of the airways or filling of the airspaces with fluid; this increase in work can go beyond what the patient can sustain, especially if they are older and otherwise sick.
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