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Hypoventilation

Hypoventilation is too shallow or too slow breathing, which does not 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.

References

Wagner PD, Powell FL, West JB. Ventilation, blood flow, and gas exchange. In: Mason RJ, Broaddus VC, Martin TR, et al, eds.Murrayand Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Update Date 1/6/2013