What causes respiratory acidosis?

Updated: Oct 10, 2018
  • Author: Christie P Thomas, MBBS, FRCP, FASN, FAHA; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Acids are added daily to the body fluids. These include volatile (eg, carbonic) and nonvolatile (eg, sulfuric, phosphoric) acids. The metabolism of dietary carbohydrates and fat produces approximately 15,000 mmol of CO2 per day, which is excreted by the lungs. Failure to do so results in respiratory acidosis.


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