Common causes of hypoxemia include:

  1. A blocked airway
  2. Anemia
  3. ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome)
  4. Certain medications, such as narcotics and anesthetics, which depress breathing
  5. Congenital heart disease — heart defects that are present at birth
  6. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  7. Emphysema
  8. High altitudes
  9. Interstitial lung disease
  10. Pneumonia
  11. Pneumothorax
  12. Pulmonary edema
  13. Pulmonary embolism
  14. Pulmonary fibrosis
  15. Sleep apnea

Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.

Jan. 04, 2013