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I know it stops respiration but how?

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Chronic lung diseases cuase chronic general asphyxia (Increased PCO2 and Decreased PO2) due to decreased alveolar ventilation. And it is characterized by:

 - respiration is stimulated by both decreased PO2 and increased PCO2
 - persistent hypercapnia leads to decreased response of breathing center to CO2 due to increased HCO3- transfer from blood to CSF
 - hypoxia is the means for respiratory drive

Hence, if the hypoxic drive is lost due to excessive O2 therapy, respiration stops.
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