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What are symptoms of respiratory acidosis?

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Answered 2015-02-26 06:29:03

Respiratory acidosis, also called respiratory failure or ventilatory failure, causes the pH of blood and other bodily fluids to decrease, making them too acidic.

Respiratory acidosis occurs when the lungs can't remove enough carbon dioxide (CO2). Excess CO2 makes the blood more acidic. This is because the body must balance the ions that control pH.

Normally, the lungs take in oxygen and exhale CO2. Oxygen passes from the lungs into the blood. CO2 passes from the blood into the lungs. However, sometimes the lungs cannot remove enough CO2. This may cause respiratory acidosis.

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Answered 2015-02-26 06:57:00

The primary symptom would be increased respirations as the body attempts to clear the acidosis, to increase base pH. Respiratory acidosis can become so severe the person is short of breath (SOB). But typically the patient needs fluid replacement to restore homeostasis--the lungs cannot clear acidosis by themselves-- and possibly external O2 administration. With fluid replacement, by IV opened wide (and potentially several IV bags of 1,000 ccs each administered over a few hours), the kidneys will be supported to clear the acidosis. Fluid replacement corrects any abnormal shifts in electrolytes which almost immediately reduces stress on striated muscles and smooth muscles, especially the heart and stomach. Kidney and respiratory function improves. Nausea, headache, CNS changes almost immediately begin to improve. However, it's imperative to identify the cause of acidosis and correct, then prevent it from occurring again, or the patient could return to acidosis within hours to a few days.

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