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Cheyne-Stokes Respiration

August 13th, 2017


  • Look For

  • Periods of hyperventilation interspersed with periods of apnoea or bradypnoea.
  • Significance

  • Cheyne-Stokes respiration occurs when hyperventilation lowers the arterial CO₂ below the apnoeic threshold.
  • Causes of Cheyne-Stokes Respiration

  • Physiological - at high altitudes
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Congestive cardiac failure
  • CNS - stroke, traumatic brain injury, tumour
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