One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cyclical pattern of breathing in which movement gradually decreases to a complete stop and then returns to normal. It occurs in various medical conditions, and at high altitudes.
- ‘In contrast to previous reports, the prevalence of Cheyne-Stokes breathing in this study sample was lower than expected.’
- ‘Thirty-eight subjects underwent polysomnography, 8 did not have sufficient Cheyne-Stokes breathing, and the remaining 30 were randomized into the trial.’
- ‘There can be dignity in death and dying, but surely this is not the case when Cheyne-Stokes breathing stops and a team of doctors starts cardiopulmonary resuscitation.’
- ‘For example, in patients with congestive heart failure, theophylline therapy may alleviate Cheyne-Stokes breathing by decreasing the circulatory delay.’
- ‘This study demonstrates that patients with Cheyne-Stokes breathing and symptomatic chronic heart failure improve the time they can remain awake when they are given therapeutic ASV.’
Late 19th century: named after John Cheyne (1777–1836), Scottish physician, and William Stokes (1804–78), Irish physician.
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