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Hypoventilation

Hypoventilation is breathing that is too shallow or too slow to meet the needs of the body.

If a person hypoventilates, the body's carbon dioxide level rises. This causes a buildup of acid and too little oxygen in the blood.

A person with hypoventilation might feel sleepy.

References

Powell FL, Wagner PD, West JB. Ventilation, blood flow, and gas exchange. In: Broaddus VC, Mason RJ, Ernst JD, et al, eds. Murray and Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2016:chap 4.

          Review Date: 2/7/2019

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