Definition of Tachypnea
In tachypnea the respiration rate can be two to four times normal. Breathing may appear labored, and when the body is not able to meet its needs the person may look cyanotic (pale or bluish) if the tissues are receiving inadequate oxygen.
It is a symptom of numerous health conditions ranging from fever to serious infection such as pneumonia. In transient tachypnea of the newborn, an infant develops a pattern of tachypneic breathing that lasts 24 to 72 hours after birth.
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