What is the role of home oxygen therapy 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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In the outpatient setting, continue oxygen treatment in patients who meet the specific criteria for long-term oxygen therapy. These criteria include PaO2 less than 55 mm Hg and PaO2 less than 59 mm Hg with evidence of polycythemia or cor pulmonale.

Re-evaluate patients in 1-3 months after initiating therapy, because some patients may improve and may not require long-term oxygen.

Again, use oxygen therapy with caution in patients with alveolar hypoventilation, because some of these patients may experience worsening of hypercapnia.


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