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Salt depletion and hypoalbuminaemia in cystic fibrosis may add to hypercapnia in acute respiratory failure
  1. S J Kelly
  1. Specialist Registrar, Adult Cystic Fibrosis Unit, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, UK,

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Patients admitted over a 1 year period with acute exacerbations of cystic fibrosis (CF) and hypercapnia (Paco2 ⩾45 mm Hg, n=14) were compared with a control group with hypercapnic exacerbations of COPD (n=49). The CF group were significantly younger (23 v …

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