Chronic respiratory failure

P.M.A. Calverley

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
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Chronic respiratory failure

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Chronic respiratory failure describes a clinical state when the arterial Po2 breathing air is less than 8.0 kPa, which may or may not be associated with hypercapnia (defined as Pco2 more than 6.0 kPa (45 mmHg)). Four processes cause arterial hypoxaemia due to inefficient pulmonary gas exchange—ventilation–perfusion (...

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Subjects: Respiratory Medicine and Pulmonology

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