The management of chronic hypoventilation.

(Chest 1990; 98:474-80) C hronic alveolar hypoventilation, defined as a sustamed increase in PCO2 exceeding 45 mm Hg, is a condition commonly encountered by the chest physician. Most cases are related to chronic airway obstruction, but a substantial minority of cases have other contributing factors such as ventilatory control defects, respiratory muscle… CONTINUE READING