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Listening can someone please explain pink puffer/blue boater?

Why is PaCO2 normal in emphsema but increased in chronic bronchitis?
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Why is PaCO2 normal in emphsema but increased in chronic bronchitis?

well in bronchitis there is alveolar ventilation problem therefore you have retention of CO2 whereas in emphysema alveolar ventilation is normal it's just that the alveoli is distended. dont worry about those useless words "pink vs blue" even though they mean what they mean english wise.
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Also explained pretty well here:

http://emedicine.medscape.com/articl...athophysiology
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pink puffer = chronic bronchitis (has type 2 resp. failure i.e. decrese po2 and pco2 increase because perfusion is effected)
blue bloaters = emphysema (has type 1 resp failure i.e.decresed po2 but normal pco2)

pink puffer and blue bloaters are just name given to these disease nothing much....hope this helps
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Check this pics... may help you this manual...

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pink puffer = chronic bronchitis (has type 2 resp. failure i.e. decrese po2 and pco2 increase because perfusion is effected)
blue bloaters = emphysema (has type 1 resp failure i.e.decresed po2 but normal pco2)

pink puffer and blue bloaters are just name given to these disease nothing much....hope this helps
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pink puffer = emphysema
blue bloaters = chronic bronchitis
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