A: In its most basic form, respiratory acidosis is when the lungs cannot remove all of the carbon dioxide the body produces. This causes body fluids, especially the blood, to become too acidic.
What happens when the blood becomes too acidic? There can be multiple things that occur including brain damage. The question always becomes for how long a period of time has the respiratory acidosis existed?
The sooner this condition is reversed the better chances the patient has of reversing any injury that may occur to the brain because of lack of oxygen.
This situation is often seen during labor and delivery complications as well as surgery cases where there may be errors in administering and monitoring anesthesia.
Unrecognized and untreated acid buildup in the blood has been known to be a factor in causing in contributing to brain damage.
Why do I tell you about this?
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