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Is respiratory failure curable, or is the person doomed?

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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Varies

Some will recover quickly.
Some may need months of weaning therapy to get off ventilator. Some will never breathe on own. Depends entirely on cause, as it is a symptom of many problems. Resp failure does not always mean lung problem-just inability to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide enough to live or protect airway, so can be due to sepsis, heart failure, muscle dz, brain damage, etc.

In brief: Varies

Some will recover quickly.
Some may need months of weaning therapy to get off ventilator. Some will never breathe on own. Depends entirely on cause, as it is a symptom of many problems. Resp failure does not always mean lung problem-just inability to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide enough to live or protect airway, so can be due to sepsis, heart failure, muscle dz, brain damage, etc.
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on etiology.

Prognosis for respiratory failure depends on severity, etiology as well as other system disease.
For example, a young otherwise healthy patient in respiratory failure due to pneumonia has a better prognosis than a very old person in respiratory failure due to lung cancer who is also in kidney failure. So, it depends on the situation whether or not the patient is "curable.".

In brief: Depends on etiology.

Prognosis for respiratory failure depends on severity, etiology as well as other system disease.
For example, a young otherwise healthy patient in respiratory failure due to pneumonia has a better prognosis than a very old person in respiratory failure due to lung cancer who is also in kidney failure. So, it depends on the situation whether or not the patient is "curable.".
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Respiratory Failure

Can occur for with a number of conditions that are reversible, so depending on the source for the respiratory failure, it may not be fatal.
Those with end stage emphysema or copd, once they go into respiratory failure, are at a much higher risk of dying from respiratory failure.

In brief: Respiratory Failure

Can occur for with a number of conditions that are reversible, so depending on the source for the respiratory failure, it may not be fatal.
Those with end stage emphysema or copd, once they go into respiratory failure, are at a much higher risk of dying from respiratory failure.
Dr. Gregg Albers
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