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Over weight. Diagnosed with staph infection, had renal failure. On oxygen. Now?

My aunt is 55 and very over weiaght. three weeks ago she was diagnosedwith staff infection and it put her in renal failure . They stopped sedation and took her off the breathing tube and she woke up and was getting better. Now she is on oxygen mask due to able to breath in but not breath out, what would be causing this?
Asked On : Sun, 19 Aug 2012
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Dear patient,

Being extremely overweight can give rise to restrictive pulmonary disease, in which you cannot breath properly due to restriction of movement of the thorax; in many patients, this makes them retain carbon dioxide and cause hypoventilation, which increases difficulty of taking respiratory support off.

Hopefully not, but at times patient require a tracheostomy to overcome the episode.

Truly yours,

Dr Brenes-Salazar MD
Mayo Clinic MN
Answered: Sun, 19 Aug 2012
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