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Obesity hypoventilation syndrome

Obesity hypoventilation syndrome: Introduction

Obesity hypoventilation syndrome: Obesity hypoventilation syndrome is defined as the combination of obesity (body mass index above 30kg/m2), hypoxia (falling oxygen levels in blood) during sleep, and hypercapnia (increased blood carbon dioxide levels) during the day, resulting from hypoventilation (excessively slow or shallow breathing). More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Obesity hypoventilation syndrome is available below.

Symptoms of Obesity hypoventilation syndrome

Treatments for Obesity hypoventilation syndrome

  • The most important treatment is weight loss-by diet, through exercise, with medication, or sometimes weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)
  • If the symptoms are significant, nighttime positive airway pressure (PAP) treatment is tried
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Causes of Obesity hypoventilation syndrome

  • Work of breathing is increased as adipose tissue restricts the normal movement of the chest muscles and makes the chest wall less compliant, the diaphragm moves less effectively, respiratory muscles are fatigued more easily, and airflow in and out of the lung is impaired by excessive tissue in the head and neck area
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Obesity hypoventilation syndrome: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Obesity hypoventilation syndrome

Metabolic syndrome often undiagnosed: Metabolic syndrome, also known as Syndrome X, is an often overlooked medical condition that causes a cluster of more »

RLS sleep disorder causing night-time leg sensations often misdiagnosed: A common but relatively unknown sleep-related disorder called Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is often misdiagnosed. The more »

Over-diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension in obese patients: A diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension, particularly pulmonary arterial hypertension, is often a misdiagnosis in obese patients. Exertional dyspnea leads to more »

Obesity-related conditions undiagnosed in children: A variety of conditions are associated with obesity (see obesity), but these tend to be more »

Chronic lung diseases hard to diagnose: Some of the chronic lung diseases are difficult to diagnose. Even the well-knowns conditions such as asthma or more »

Misdiagnosed weight-related causes of infertility: A woman's weight status can affect her level of fertility. Although obesity or overweight can in themselves more »

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Obesity hypoventilation syndrome: Rare Types

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Prognosis for Obesity hypoventilation syndrome

Prognosis for Obesity hypoventilation syndrome: It is associated with a reduced quality of life, and people with the condition incur increased healthcare costs, largely due to hospital admissions including observation and treatment on intensive care units.

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More information about Obesity hypoventilation syndrome

  1. Obesity hypoventilation syndrome: Introduction
  2. Symptoms
  3. Causes
  4. Treatments
  5. Misdiagnosis
  6. Home Testing
  7. Types
  8. Prognosis

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