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Carbon Monoxide-Induced Arterial Hypoxemia

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Science  13 Jun 1969:
Vol. 164, Issue 3885, pp. 1297-1298
DOI: 10.1126/science.164.3885.1297

Abstract

Inhalation of carbon monoxide produces an increase in the alveolar to arterial oxygen gradient in the presence of veno-arterial shunts or ventilation-perfusion imbalance but has no such effect in normal subjects. The increase in the alveolar to arterial oxygen gradient with rising concentrations of carboxyhemoglobin results from changes induced by carbon monoxide in the shape of the oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve.

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