Couplet Periodic Breathing Response to High Carbon Dioxide and High and Low Oxygen

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Science  07 Oct 1960:
Vol. 132, Issue 3432, pp. 957-958
DOI: 10.1126/science.132.3432.957


A breathing pattern is described which is characterized by a grouping of two breaths followed by a prolonged apnea and which may involve a mechanism different from at least one type of Cheyne-Stokes breathing. The pattern can be eliminated by breathing 9 percent O2 or 10 percent CO2. However, the pattern frequently persists during breathing of high oxygen.