blue bloater

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blue bloater 

blue bloater image from New Medical Terms

Nettergram of blue bloater


A popular term for the appearance of a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease–COPD accompanied by symptoms of chronic bronchitis, normal to reduced lung capacity, increased residual volume with air-trapping, decreased expiratory flow, and characteristic arterial blood gas parameters–decreased POand increased PCO2, despite normal diffusing capacity, cyanosis and right heart failure, due to sleep apnoea and progressive chronic pulmonary hypertension.

Over time, blue bloaterhood becomes indistinguishable from other forms of COPD–e.g., pink pufferness. The image is a Nettergram 

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