Reversible hypercapnia in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a distinct pattern of respiratory failure with a favorable prognosis.

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PURPOSE Hypercapnia is regarded as a poor prognostic indicator in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but many patients hospitalized with hypercapnia associated with an acute exacerbation of COPD revert to normocapnia during recovery. We wished to determine if this reversible hypercapnia represents a distinct pattern of respiratory failure in COPD… (More)

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