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Cheyne-Stokes Respirations


Updated June 23, 2014

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Definition: Cheyne-Stokes respirations are defined by irregular breathing. Breathing may be fast one moment and quite slow the next and may have periods of apnea, or no breathing at all.

Cheyne-Stokes respirations are often seen near the end of life.

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