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decrease of bicarbonate in the blood.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
hypocapniaDecreased CO2 or bicarbonate in blood. Hypocapnia, even when marked, is normally well tolerated; transient induction of hypocapnia can lead to life-saving physiologic changes in patients with severe intracranial hypertension or neonatal pulmonary-artery hypertension, but hypocapnia of longer duration in critically ill patients adversely affects outcomes. Prophylactic induction of hypocapnia has no clinical role.
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