Is hyperventilation associated with sepsis/septic shock?

Updated: Oct 07, 2020
  • Author: Andre Kalil, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Answer

Hyperventilation with respiratory alkalosis is a common feature of patients with sepsis. This feature results from stimulation of the medullary respiratory center by endotoxins and other inflammatory mediators.


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