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Respiratory acidosis is a surplus of carbon dioxide in the bloodstream, and since CO2 is acidic, it lowers the pH of blood to be acidic. This happens when a person is suffocating, or not breathing out the CO2 they produce. Therefore, acidosis may be deadly because the pH of blood should not be acidic (it is usually about neutral, a little alkaline).
Carbon dioxide (CO2) leads to respiratory acidosis because the lungs are unable to remove the CO2 that is produced by the body. The extra CO2 that is found in the body causes the pH of the blood to decrease, and the body is no longer able to control the acidity properly.
Respiratory acidosis essentially is when the lungs can not remove enough of the CO2 produced by the body. The excess amount of CO2 present in the body then causes pH levels of numerous bodily fluids to decrease, leading them to become acidic.
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