A patient has developed Acute Respiratory Acidosis, with a pH of 7.25 and a PaCO2 of 55. What is the underlying cause of Respiratory Acidosis?
  1. The lungs are not sufficiently ventilating.
  2. The lungs are working excessively resulting in "over-breathing."
  3. There is an underlying gastric disorder.
  4. There are elevated levels of aldosterone present.
Answer: A - The underlying cause of respiratory acidosis is that the lungs are not sufficiently ventilating. Acute Respiratory Acidosis is a sudden collapse of the body's ventilation system often resulting from central nervous system disease, drugs or toxins or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
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