Learn About Respiratory Alkalosis

What is the definition of Respiratory Alkalosis?

Respiratory alkalosis is a condition marked by a low level of carbon dioxide in the blood due to breathing excessively.

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What are the alternative names for Respiratory Alkalosis?

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What are the causes of Respiratory Alkalosis?

Common causes include:

  • Anxiety or panic
  • Fever
  • Overbreathing (hyperventilation)
  • Pregnancy (this is normal)
  • Pain
  • Tumor
  • Trauma
  • Severe anemia
  • Liver disease
  • Overdose of certain medicines, such as salicylates, progesterone

Any lung disease that leads to shortness of breath can also cause respiratory alkalosis (such as pulmonary embolism and asthma).

What are the symptoms of Respiratory Alkalosis?

The symptoms may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Numbness of the hands and feet
  • Breathlessness
  • Confusion
  • Chest discomfort
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What are the current treatments for Respiratory Alkalosis?

Treatment is aimed at the condition that causes respiratory alkalosis. Breathing into a paper bag -- or using a mask that causes you to re-breathe carbon dioxide -- sometimes helps reduce symptoms when anxiety is the main cause of the condition.

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UAB Medicine

University Of Alabama Health Services Foundation,pc

2000 6th Ave S 
Birmingham, AL 35233

Arun Rajasekaran is a Nephrologist in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Rajasekaran has been practicing medicine for over 11 years and is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Respiratory Alkalosis. He is also highly rated in 4 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Respiratory Alkalosis, Hypercalcemia, Milk-Alkali Syndrome, and Minimal Change Disease. He is board certified in Nephrology and Internal Medicine and licensed to treat patients in Alabama. Dr. Rajasekaran is currently accepting new patients.

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UAB Medicine

University Of Alabama Health Services Foundation,pc

Birmingham, AL 35233

Ashita Tolwani is a Nephrologist in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Tolwani has been practicing medicine for over 28 years and is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Respiratory Alkalosis. She is also highly rated in 4 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Respiratory Alkalosis, Acute Kidney Failure, Chronic Kidney Disease, and Necrosis. She is board certified in Nephrology and licensed to treat patients in Alabama. Dr. Tolwani is currently accepting new patients.

 
 
 
 
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University Of Tsukuba

Faculty Of Health And Sport Sciences 
Tsukuba, JP 

Naoto Fujii is in Tsukuba, Japan. Fujii is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Respiratory Alkalosis. He is also highly rated in 4 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Respiratory Alkalosis, Hyperventilation, Vasoconstriction, and Fainting.

What is the outlook (prognosis) for Respiratory Alkalosis?

Outlook depends on the condition that is causing the respiratory alkalosis.

What are the possible complications of Respiratory Alkalosis?

Seizures may occur if the alkalosis is extremely severe. This is very rare and more likely to happen if the alkalosis is due to increased ventilation from a breathing machine.

When should I contact a medical professional for Respiratory Alkalosis?

Call your provider if you have any symptoms of lung disease, such as long-term (chronic) cough or shortness of breath.

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Who are the sources who wrote this article ?

Published Date : August 03, 2020
Published By : Denis Hadjiliadis, MD, MHS, Paul F. Harron, Jr. Associate Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

What are the references for this article ?

Effros RM, Swenson ER. Acid-base balance. 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 7.

Seifter JL. Acid-base disorders. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman-Cecil Medicine. 26th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 110.

Strayer RJ. Acid-base disorders. In: Walls RM, Hockberger RS, Gausche-Hill M, eds. Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 116.