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ICD-9 786.01

Hyperpnea is increased depth of breathing when required to meet demand, as during a following exercise or when the body lacks oxygen (hypoxia), for instance in high altitude or as a result of anaemia.

Hyperpnea may also occur as a result of sepsis, and is usually a sign of the beginning of refractory sepsis.

Lungs and breathing activity
Commonly confused terminology
Shortness of breath or dyspnea - sensation of respiratory distress
Labored breathing - physical presentation of respiratory distress
Hyperventilation - increased breathing that causes CO2 loss
Hyperpnea - faster and/or deeper breathing
Tachypnea - increased breathing rate
Hyperaeration/Hyperinflation - increased lung volume

Tachypnea differs from hyperpnea in that tachypnea is rapid shallow breaths, while hyperpnea is deep breaths.[1]


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