TITLE

Lung Alert: Obesity associated Hypoventilation in Medical is Common, Potentially Dangerous and Under-recognised

AUTHOR(S)
Ayas, N. T.
PUB. DATE
May 2004
SOURCE
Thorax;May2004, Vol. 59 Issue 5, p366
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Obesity associated hypoventilation (OAH) in medical patients is common, potentially dangerous and under recognized. Researchers studied consecutive severely obese patients admitted to the medicine services of three teaching hospitals. Arterial blood gas tensions were measured to assess the prevalence, predictors and outcomes of patients with obesity associated hypoventilation. Compared to severely obese patients without OAH, patients with OAH were heavier, sleepier more likely to have erythrocytosis and had a lower FVC
ACCESSION #
13372498

 

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