Which dietary modifications are used in the treatment of hypoventilation syndrome?

Updated: Jul 22, 2021
  • Author: Jazeela Fayyaz, DO; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Weight loss is an ideal treatment in obesity-hypoventilation syndrome. Weight loss improves the abnormal physiology and restores normal daytime gas exchange. In some individuals even a modest weight loss of 10 kg improves minute ventilation and normalizes daytime PaCO2. In concomitant obstructive sleep apnea, weight loss has been shown to decrease the number of sleep-disordered breathing events (apneas and hypopneas) and the severity of hypoxemia.


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