Obesity hypoventilation syndrome or Pickwickian syndrome

a condition in which severely overweight people fail to  breathe rapidly enough or deeply enough, resulting in low blood  oxygen levels and high blood carbon dioxide levels.

The individual experiences  frequent bouts of sleep apnea. This results in many partial awakenings during the night.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, CPAP  mask may be used to maintain airway during sleep.

Named after the character “Fat Joe” in the Charles Dickens novel “The Pickwick Papers”.


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