What Is Respiratory Acidosis?

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2. Chronic Respiratory Acidosis

There are two types of respiratory acidosis: chronic and acute. Chronic respiratory acidosis develops slowly over a long period of time. It can cause some symptoms, although symptoms are usually very mild and will often be barely noticeable. Some people with the condition will not even notice any symptoms at all.

The reason for this is that the gradual development of the condition means the body has time to adjust. In order to help counter the increased acidity of the blood, for example, the kidneys will begin to produce certain substances to normalize pH. The chronic version of the condition will sometimes turn into the acute version, however.

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