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What is the cause of cyanosis that accompanies bacterial pneumonia?

Asked by Santepro, Last updated: Jul 19, 2021

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Answered Feb 15, 2018

Decreased oxygenation of the blood.

A client with pneumonia has less lung surface available for the diffusion of gases because of the inflammatory pulmonary response that creates lung exudate and results in reduced oxygenation of the blood. The client becomes cyanotic because blood is not adequately oxygenated in the lungs before it enters the peripheral circulation.
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