Clinical features of Type II Respiratory Failure

In this article, we will discuss about Clinical features of Type II Respiratory Failure. So, let’s get started.

Type II Respiratory Failure is defined as the failure of the lungs to maintain an adequate alveolar ventilation resulting in rise in partial pressure of CO2 (PaCO2) above 50 mmHg. There is always hypoxemia associated with hypercapnia.

Clinical Features

Dyspnea

Mental Confusion

Anxiety

Tachypnea

Tachycardia

Restlessness

Cyanosis

Hypertension

Cardiac arrhythmia

Disorientation, delirium

Somnolence

CO2 narcosis

Flapping tremors

Headache

Papilloedema

Bounding pulses

Source: Emergency Medicine by SN Chugh and Ashima Chugh

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