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Can coma occur due to severe hyperventelation ( respiratory alkalosis ) ?

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Dr. Ramon Garcia-septien
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No coma

Respiratory alkalosisis is a condition seen in patient with anxiety, hysteria and stress.
The carbon dioxide level drop too low and the ph of the blood rise and become alkaline. The main symptoms are dizzines, bloating, confusion and seizures.Coma is not common.

In brief: No coma

Respiratory alkalosisis is a condition seen in patient with anxiety, hysteria and stress.
The carbon dioxide level drop too low and the ph of the blood rise and become alkaline. The main symptoms are dizzines, bloating, confusion and seizures.Coma is not common.
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not likely

Some may experience syncope or fainting due to hyperventilation, but the alkalosis should self correct reasonably quickly when hyperventilation stops, either voluntarily or as a result of loss of consciousness.

In brief: Not likely

Some may experience syncope or fainting due to hyperventilation, but the alkalosis should self correct reasonably quickly when hyperventilation stops, either voluntarily or as a result of loss of consciousness.
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Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: No

Coma is a serious disorder of consciousness, long duration, usually due to severe trauma or sustained medical problems like liver disease.
You can have respiratory alkalosis while comatose by artificial ventilation (machine). Hyperventilation (from pain or anxiety)can cause someone to faint, but usually corrects when the person goes unconscious and doesn't continue to hyperventilate.

In brief: No

Coma is a serious disorder of consciousness, long duration, usually due to severe trauma or sustained medical problems like liver disease.
You can have respiratory alkalosis while comatose by artificial ventilation (machine). Hyperventilation (from pain or anxiety)can cause someone to faint, but usually corrects when the person goes unconscious and doesn't continue to hyperventilate.
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

You might faint but then you would stop hyperventilating and you should then return to normal.
What gets you so anxious?

In brief: No

You might faint but then you would stop hyperventilating and you should then return to normal.
What gets you so anxious?
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry

In brief: Anxiety?

Not likely, no.

In brief: Anxiety?

Not likely, no.
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Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery

In brief: Can

Seizures and coma can result from severe respiratory alkalosis.
Not a likely scenario unless patient is very ill with respiratory disease, poisoning, or has neurological compromise.

In brief: Can

Seizures and coma can result from severe respiratory alkalosis.
Not a likely scenario unless patient is very ill with respiratory disease, poisoning, or has neurological compromise.
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