How is stagnant anoxia diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Stagnant anoxia can generally be diagnosed through clinical observation. Doctors look for such symptoms as a blue discoloration of a person's lips, skin, and/or nails, shortness of breath, or confusion. If a person is unconscious, this is another warning sign. There are also several tests that can be performed to try to pinpoint stagnant anoxia. Pulse oximetry can monitor the oxygen levels in a person's blood and lactic acid tests can determine whether tissues are receiving enough oxygen.

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