Which severe-upper airway disorders cause respiratory failure?

Updated: Apr 07, 2020
  • Author: Ata Murat Kaynar, MD; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Severe airway obstruction is a common cause of acute and chronic hypercapnia. Examples of upper-airway disorders are acute epiglottitis and tumors involving the trachea; lower-airway disorders include COPD, asthma, and cystic fibrosis.

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