Pickwick syndrome(redirected from Sleep Apnea/Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome)
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Pickwick syndromeCardiopulmonary obesity syndrome, sleep apnea/obesity hypoventilation syndrome A complication of extreme obesity, with marked cardiovascular compromise, ↓ tidal and expiratory reserve volumes, alveolar hypoventilation, hypoxia, cyanosis and hypercapnia, if severe and prolonged, dyspnea, polycythemia, cardiac hypertrophy, pulmonary HTN, pulmonary edema, CHF, extreme somnolence; O2 therapy may be fatal, as it removes the chemoreceptor drive needed for respiratory movement. See Morbid obesity, Sleep apnea syndrome.
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