air hunger


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air hunger

[′er ‚həŋ·gər]
(medicine)
The deep, gasping respiration characteristic of severe diabetic acidosis and coma.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Brown, "'Air hunger' arising from increased PCO2 in mechanically ventilated quadriplegics," Respiration Physiology, vol.
For the patient who describes air hunger, the sensation can be equated to being held underwater and is often so distressing that patients say they would prefer pain to air hunger.
They are as varied as hot and cold sensations, tingling, apprehension, blurred vision, numbness, dizziness, nausea, headache, air hunger or euphoria.