September - December 1999: 
Volume 12, Issue 3

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Severe hypercapnia in a myxedematous patient
A patient suffering from severe hypercapnia secondary to hypothyreoidism is presented. Replacement therapy with thyroid hormones was instituted. After a period of two months the patient showed a remarkable improvement of his functional respiratory parameters, blood gases, PImax, PEmax, Pdimax and of his overall clinical status and laboratory tests. The literature is briefly reviewed and correlated to this case. Pneumon 1999, 12 (3): 203-206