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Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews


ISSN (Print): 1573-398X
ISSN (Online): 1875-6387

The Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome

Author(s): Neil S. Cherniack

Volume 4, Issue 2, 2008

Page: [100 - 104] Pages: 5

DOI: 10.2174/157339808784222740

Price: $65


The obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS) characterized by persistent hypercapnia with obesity has many causes. Probably the most common cause is the obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and related conditions, but some cases may occur along with depressed chemosensitivity and few apneas during sleep. The mechanisms that produce waking hypercapnia are still uncertain. Treatment of OHS consists of weight management and sometimes requires treatment with continuous applied pressure or non invasive positive pressure ventilation.

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