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blue bloaterA popular term for the appearance of a Pt with COPD with Sx of chronic bronchitis, normal to ↓ lung capacity, ↑ residual volume with air-trapping, ↓ expiratory flow, and characteristic arterial blood gas parameters–↓ PO2, ↑ PCO2, despite normal diffusing capacity, cyanosis and right heart failure, due to sleep apnea and progressive chronic pulmonary HTN; with time, it becomes indistinguishable from other forms of COPD. See Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, 'Pink puffer. '.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
A person with chronic bronchitis who demonstrates evidence of cyanosis and pedal edema. See: chronic bronchitis
It is most often the result of long-term cigarette smoking.
The patient often benefits from oxygen therapy, bronchial hygiene (e.g., clearing of the lungs), and smoking cessation.
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blue bloaterA medical slang term for a person with CYANOSIS and OEDEMA. Both can be caused by lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis or emphysema which impede movement of oxygen from atmosphere to blood, causing cyanosis, and increase the strain on the heart leading to failure and an accumulation of fluid in the tissues (oedema).
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