Cheyne-Stokes respiration

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Cheyne-Stokes respiration

 (chān′stōks′, chā′nē-stōks′)
n.
An abnormal type of breathing seen especially in comatose patients, characterized by alternating periods of shallow and deep breathing.

[After John Cheyne (1777-1836), Scottish physician, and William , Stokes (1804-1878), Irish physician.]
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Noun1.Cheyne-Stokes respiration - abnormal respiration in which periods of shallow and deep breathing alternate
breathing, external respiration, respiration, ventilation - the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation
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There follows rapid loss of consciousness, Cheynes-Stokes respirations progressing to apnoea, and fixed, dilated pupils.
Cheynes-Stokes respirations (cyclic, waxing-waning breathing pattern with apnoea episodes) can indicate global cerebral damage or bilateral thalamic damage.