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What is hypoxia?

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Hypoxemia (low oxygen in your blood) can cause hypoxia (low oxygen in your tissues) when your blood doesn't carry enough oxygen to your tissues to meet your body's needs. The word hypoxia is sometimes used to describe both problems.

SOURCES:

Leach, R. BMJ, November 1998.

Lian, J. Nursing 2014 Critical Care. March 2009.

Medscape: "Hypoventilation syndromes."

Papiris, S. Critical Care, 2002.

Pittman, R. Oxygen Transport in Normal and Pathological States: Defects and Compensations.

Samuel, J. "Hypoxemia and Hypoxia."

UpToDate: "Oxygenation and mechanisms of hypoxemia."

CDC.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 14, 2020

SOURCES:

Leach, R. BMJ, November 1998.

Lian, J. Nursing 2014 Critical Care. March 2009.

Medscape: "Hypoventilation syndromes."

Papiris, S. Critical Care, 2002.

Pittman, R. Oxygen Transport in Normal and Pathological States: Defects and Compensations.

Samuel, J. "Hypoxemia and Hypoxia."

UpToDate: "Oxygenation and mechanisms of hypoxemia."

CDC.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 14, 2020

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