2. Causes

Anything that interferes with lung function can lead to respiratory acidosis, including diseases of the airway, such as COPD and asthma, and diseases that damage the lung tissue itself, like pulmonary fibrosis or emphysema. Scoliosis, obesity, and injuries that prevent the lungs from fully expanding can also cause the condition, as can medications that suppress breathing.

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