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Perfecting Your Acid-base Balancing Act

Perfecting Your Acid-base Balancing Act

When it comes to acids and bases, the difference between life and death is balance. The body’s acid-base balance depends on some delicately balanced chemical reactions. The hydrogen ion (H+) affects pH, and pH regulation influences the speed of cellular reactions, cell function, cell permeability, and the very integrity of cell structure. When an imbalance develops, you can detect it quickly by knowing how to assess your patient and interpret arterial blood gas (ABG) values. And you can restore the balance by targeting your interventions to the specific acid-base disorder you find. Basics of acid-base balance Before assessing a patient’s acid-base balance, you need to understand how the H+ affects acids, bases, and pH. An acid is a substance that can donate H+ to a base. Examples include hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, ammonium ion, lactic acid, acetic acid, and carbonic acid (H2CO3). A base is a substance that can accept or bind H+. Examples include ammonia, lactate, acetate, and bicarbonate (HCO3-). pH reflects the overall H+ concentration in body fluids. The higher the number of H+ in the blood, the lower the pH; and the lower the number of H+, the higher the pH. A solution containing more base than acid has fewer H+ and a higher pH. A solution containing more acid than base has more H+ and a lower pH. The pH of water (H2O), 7.4, is considered neutral. The pH of blood is slightly alkaline and has a normal range of 7.35 to 7.45. For normal enzyme and cell function and normal metabolism, the blood’s pH must remain in this narrow range. If the blood is acidic, the force of cardiac contractions diminishes. If the blood is alkaline, neuromuscular function becomes impaired. A blood pH below 6.8 or above 7.8 is usually fatal. pH also reflects the balance between the p Continue reading >>

Key Concepts:

Key Concepts:

Blood, Sweat, and Buffers: pH Regulation During Exercise Acid-Base Equilibria Experiment Authors: Rachel Casiday and Regina Frey Revised by: A. Manglik, C. Markham, K. Castillo, K. Mao, and R. Frey Department of Chemistry, Washington University St. Louis, MO 63130 For a printable version of this tutorial, please click here Exercise and how it affects the body Acid-base equilibria and equilibrium constants How buffering works Equilibrium Constants Henderson-Hasselbalch Equation Direction of Equilibrium Shifts Application to Blood pH Related Tutorials: Hemoglobin and the Heme Group: Metal Complexes in the Blood for Oxygen Transport Iron Use and Storage in the Body: Ferritin and Molecular Representations How Does Exercise Affect the Body? Many people today are interested in exercise as a way of improving their health and physical abilities. When we exercise, our heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and cardiac output (the amount of blood pumped per heart beat) all increase. Blood flow to the heart, the muscles, and the skin increase. The body's metabolism becomes more active, producing CO2 and H+ in the muscles. We breathe faster and deeper to supply the oxygen required by this increased metabolism. With strenuous exercise, our body's metabolism exceeds the oxygen supply and begins to use alternate biochemical processes that do not require oxygen. These processes generate lactic acid, which enters the blood stream. As we develop a long-term habit of exercise, our cardiac output and lung capacity increase, even when we are at rest, so that we can exercise longer and harder than before. Over time, the amount of muscle in the body increases, and fat is burned as its energy is needed to help fuel the body's increased metabolism. Figure 1 This figure highlights some of the majo Continue reading >>

Blood Gas Analysis--insight Into The Acid-base Status Of The Patient

Blood Gas Analysis--insight Into The Acid-base Status Of The Patient

Acid-Base Physiology Buffers H+ A- HCO3- CO2 Buffers H+ A- CO2 Cells Blood Kidney Lungs Fluids, Electrolytes, and Acid-Base Status in Critical Illness Blood Gas Analysis--Insight into the Acid-Base status of the Patient The blood gas consists of pH-negative log of the Hydrogen ion concentration: -log[H+]. (also, pH=pK+log [HCO3]/ 0.03 x pCO2). The pH is always a product of two components, respiratory and metabolic, and the metabolic component is judged, calculated, or computed by allowing for the effect of the pCO2, ie, any change in the pH unexplained by the pCO2 indicates a metabolic abnormality. CO +H 0ºº H CO ººHCO + H2 2 2 3 3 - + CO2 and water form carbonic acid or H2CO3, which is in equilibrium with bicarbonate (HCO3-)and hydrogen ions (H+). A change in the concentration of the reactants on either side of the equation affects the subsequent direction of the reaction. For example, an increase in CO2 will result in increased carbonic acid formation (H2CO3) which leads to an increase in both HCO3- and H+ (\pH). Normally, at pH 7.4, a ratio of one part carbonic acid to twenty parts bicarbonate is present in the extracellular fluid [HCO3-/H2CO3]=20. A change in the ratio will affect the pH of the fluid. If both components change (ie, with chronic compensation), the pH may be normal, but the other components will not. pCO -partial pressure of carbon dioxide. Hypoventilation or hyperventilation (ie, minute2 ventilation--tidal volume x respitatory rate--imperfectly matched to physiologic demands) will lead to elevation or depression, respectively, in the pCO2. V/Q (ventilation/perfusion) mismatch does not usually lead to abnormalities in PCO2 because of the linear nature of the CO2 elimination curve (ie, good lung units can make up for bad lung units). Diffus Continue reading >>

Renal Physiology Acid-base Balance

Renal Physiology Acid-base Balance

Sort Your patient's blood pH is too low (acidosis), caused by metabolic acidosis. After examining the patient, you find that the urine bicarbonate levels are too low (H+ is being reabsorbed) and blood carbon dioxide levels are too high (too much blood acid); What does this mean? Based on the patient's pCO2 levels are they compensating or not? This means that the original problem of a low bicarbonate level needs to be compensated for by the lungs, which need to hyperventilate, expelling more CO2 (an acid). Since this patient's pCO2 levels are also high (not expelling enough acid), they are NOT compensating. Patient's blood pH is too high (alkalosis). This can be caused by either respiratory or metabolic alkalosis. Let's say it is metabolic alkalosis. What do you need to check to see if patient is compensating? If bicarbonate levels are high (too much base) and blood CO2 levels are high (too much acid), what do the lungs need to do to compensate? What does the patient's elevated Pco2 levels tell you? Patients partial pressure of Carbon dioxide and bicarbonate Take shallower breaths to prevent loss of acid Patient is compensating Patient's blood pH is too high (alkalosis). This can be caused by either respiratory or metabolic alkalosis. Let's say it is metabolic alkalosis. What do you need to check to see if patient is compensating? If bicarbonate levels are high (too much base) and blood CO2 levels are low (too little acid), what do the lungs need to do to compensate? Since the patient's pCO2 level is low, this tells you what? Patients pCO2 and bicarbonate Take shallower breaths to prevent loss of acid Not compensating Continue reading >>

Acid-base Balance

Acid-base Balance

Your blood needs the right balance of acidic and basic (alkaline) compounds to function properly. This is called the acid-base balance. Your kidneys and lungs work to maintain the acid-base balance. Even slight variations from the normal range can have significant effects on your vital organs. Acid and alkaline levels are measured on a pH scale. An increase in acidity causes pH levels to fall. An increase in alkaline causes pH levels to rise. When the levels of acid in your blood are too high, it’s called acidosis. When your blood is too alkaline, it is called alkalosis. Respiratory acidosis and alkalosis are due to a problem with the lungs. Metabolic acidosis and alkalosis are due to a problem with the kidneys. Each of these conditions is caused by an underlying disease or disorder. Treatment depends on the cause. When you breathe, your lungs remove excess carbon dioxide from your body. When they cannot do so, your blood and other fluids become too acidic. Symptoms of respiratory acidosis Symptoms may include fatigue, shortness of breath, and confusion. Causes of respiratory acidosis There are several different causes of respiratory acidosis including: chest deformities or injuries chronic lung and airway diseases overuse of sedatives obesity Types of respiratory acidosis There are no noticeable symptoms of chronic respiratory acidosis. This is due to the fact that your blood slowly becomes acidic and your kidneys adjust to compensate, returning your blood to a normal pH balance. Acute respiratory acidosis comes on suddenly, leaving the kidneys no time to adjust. Those with chronic respiratory acidosis may experience acute respiratory acidosis due to another illness that causes the condition to worsen. Diagnosis of respiratory acidosis A complete physical examination Continue reading >>

Shared Flashcard Set

Shared Flashcard Set

Details Title Acid Base Balance Description Acid Base Balance Total Cards 214 Subject Nursing Level Undergraduate 2 Created 10/14/2012 Click here to study/print these flashcards. Create your own flash cards! Sign up here. Additional Nursing Flashcards Cards Term An opioid drug overdose would put a patient at most risk for what acid/base imbalance? Definition Respiratory Acidosis Term Pulmonary Edema would put a patient at most risk for what acid/base imbalance? Definition Respiratory Acidosis Term Chest trauma would put a patient at most risk for what acid/base imbalance? Definition Respiratory Acidosis Term Neuromuscular disease would put a patient at most risk for what acid/base imbalance? Definition Respiratory Acidosis Term COPD would put a patient at most risk for what acid/base imbalance? Definition Respiratory Acidosis Term Airway obstruction would put a patient at most risk for what acid/base imbalance? Definition Respiratory Acidosis Term Pneumonia would put a patient at most risk for what acid/base imbalance? Definition Respiratory Acidosis Term TB would put a patient at most risk for what acid/base imbalance? Definition Respiratory Acidosis Term Emphysema would put a patient at most risk for what acid/base imbalance? Definition Respiratory Acidosis Term Asthma would put a patient at most risk for what acid/base imbalance? Definition Respiratory Acidosis Term Cigarrette smoking would put a patient at most risk for what acid/base imbalance? Definition Respiratory Acidosis Term Pleural effusion would put a patient at most risk for what acid/base imbalance? Definition Respiratory Acidosis Term What is pleural effusion? Definition excess fluid that accumulates in the pleura, the fluid-filled space that surrounds the lungs Pleural effusion is excess fluid that accu Continue reading >>

Egan's Ch. 13

Egan's Ch. 13

what is the state called in which arterial blood is more acidic than normal? aka increased concentration of hydrogen ions. Flashcards Matching Hangman Crossword Type In Quiz Test StudyStack Study Table Bug Match Hungry Bug Unscramble Chopped Targets Acid-Base Balance Question Answer what is the state called in which arterial blood is more acidic than normal? aka increased concentration of hydrogen ions. acidemia what is the difference called between the normal buffer base and the actual buffer base in a whole blood sample? base excess (BE) what is alkalemia? decreased hydrogen ion concentration in the blood; blood pH greater than 7.45 how is BE expressed? mEq/L what is the normal BE? +2 mEq/L what is the buffer base? the total blood buffer capable of binding hydrogen ions what is the normal blood buffer base (NBB) range? 48-52 mEq/L what is a titrable, nonvolitile acid called? fixed acid what does a fixed acid represent? the by-product of protein catabolism what kind of acids are phosphoric acid and sulfuric acid? fixed what is the Henderson-Hasselbalch (H-H) equation? the specific equation for calculating the pH of the bicarbonate buffer system of the blood what does pH = 6.1 + log HCO3-/(PaCO2 x 0.03) represent? H-H equation what is the importance of the H-H equation? it equals the pH of blood plasma, and since all buffer systems in the blood are in equilibrium, the pH of one system equals the pH of the entire plasma solution. what is hypercapnia? excess amounts of CO2 in the blood (PaCO2) what is the presence of lower than normal amounts of CO2 in the blood (PaCO2)? hypocapnia define metabolic acidosis? non-respiratory processes resulting in acidemia what is called when non-respiratory processes, such as losing fixed acid or gaining HCO3-, result in alkalemia? metabo Continue reading >>

A9: Acid-base Balance

A9: Acid-base Balance

Sort Carbon dioxide is carried in the blood in all of the following forms, EXCEPT: a. it is physically dissoved in plasma b. some binds with hemoglobin to form carbamino hemoglobin c. some diffuses into the tissues d. some binds with water to form carbonic acid c (Assume the following normal values in answering the following question: pH = 7.4 pCO2 = 40 mmHg Total CO2 = 25.7 mmol/L HCO3 = 24.5 mmol/L H2CO3 = 1.2 mmol/L) A patient has a blood pH of 7.27 and a pCO2 of 62 mmHg. The HCO3- is 24.5 mmol/L. a) Is this a state of acidosis or alkalosis? b) Is the origin of the condition respiratory or metabolic and why? c) What are two conditions that can cause this? d) How will the body compensate? a) A pH of <7.4 is acidosis b) pCO2 is increased, HCO3- is normal so respiratory c) 1. Respiratory depression e.g. barbituate drugs 2. Decreased lung function e.g. pneumonia d) 1. Renal - increased HCO3-resorbtion - increased H+ secretion 2. Respiratory - hyperventilation (Assume the following normal values in answering the following question: pH = 7.4 pCO2 = 40 mmHg Total CO2 = 25.7 mmol/L HCO3 = 24.5 mmol/L H2CO3 = 1.2 mmol/L) A patient has a blood pH of 7.27, a pCO2 of 40 mmHg, [H2CO3] of 1.2 mmol/L and [HCO3-] of 22 mmol/L. a) Is this a state of acidosis or alkalosis? b) Is the origin of the condition respiratory or metabolic and why? c) What are two general causes of this condition and give a specific example of each? d) How will the body try to compensate? a) pH is <7.4 so acidosis b) HCO3is decreased, pCO2 is normal, so metabolic c) 1. Excess loss of HCO3, e.g. diarrhea 2. Accumulation of acids e.g. ketosis d) 1. Renal - increased HCO3- esorbtion - increased H+ secretion 2. Respiratory - hyperventilation In a condition of respiratory acidosis, the kidney will try to compensate Continue reading >>

Regulation Of Acid-base Balance

Regulation Of Acid-base Balance

There is precise regulation or maintenance of ‘free H+ ions’ in body fluids. Balance is Achieved by Three Defense Mechanisms:- • First defense: Chemical buffering • 2nd defense: Respiratory (alteration in arterial CO2) • 3rd defense: Renal (alteration in HCO-3 excretion) Acid Base Regulation/Balance 1. Chemical Buffer system: – Responds within seconds – Does not eliminate or add H+ from body – Operates by binding or to tied up H+ till balance is reestablished. a. In ECF: – Mainly HCO-3/CO2 Buffer system – Plasma Proteins – HPO–4/H2PO-4 Buffer system b. In ICF: – Proteins Mainly e.g.: Hb in RBCs – HPO–4/H2PO-4 Buffer system Routes of excretion of acids; lungs & kidneys 2. Respiratory Mechanisms: – Responds within minutes – Takes 6-12 hours to be fully effective – Operates by excreting CO2 or (adding H2CO3/HCO-3) 3. Renal Mechanisms: • Responds slowly (effectively in 3-5 days) • Eliminates excess Acids or Base from body • The most powerful mechanism e.g. i. HCO-3/CO2 Buffer system ii. NH3/NH+4 Buffer system iii. HPO–4/H2PO-4 Buffer system Chemical Buffer System • Consists of a ‘pair of substances’ present in a mixture of a solution that ‘minimizes pH changes’ when an ‘acid or base’ is ‘added or removed’ from the solution. • Consists of; 1. Carbonic Acid – Bicarbonate Buffer System 2. Phosphate Buffer system 3. Protein Buffer system Chemical Buffer System of ECF 1. Bicarbonate Buffer System: H2CO3/NaHCO3 consists of H2CO3 (weak Acid) + NaHCO3 (Bicarbonate salt) – CO2 + H2O ↔H2CO3 ↔ H+ + HCO-3 – NaHCO3 ↔ Na+ + HCO-3 → H2CO3 → CO2 + H2O Bicarbonate buffer system is quantitatively the most powerful ECF buffer system Its two components HCO-3 & CO2 are precisely regulated by kidneys & lungs. 2. Phos Continue reading >>

Fluid/electrolyte Balance

Fluid/electrolyte Balance

Content Body Fluids Compartments Composition of Body Fluids Electrolyte Composition of Body Fluids Extracellular and Intracellular Fluids Fluid Movement Among Compartments Fluid Shifts Regulation of Fluids And Electrolytes Water Balance and ECF Osmolality Water Output Regulation of Water Intake Regulation of Water Output Primary Regulatory Hormones Disorders of Water Balance Electrolyte Balance Sodium in Fluid and Electrolyte Balance Sodium balance Regulation of Sodium Balance: Aldosterone Atrial Natriuretic Hormone (ANH) Potassium Balance Regulation of Potassium Balance Regulation of Calcium Regulation of Anions Acid-Base Balance Sources of Hydrogen Ions Hydrogen Ion Regulation Chemical Buffer Systems -- 1. Bicarbonate Buffer System - -2. Phosphate Buffer System -- 3. Protein Buffer System Physiological Buffer Systems Renal Mechanisms of Acid-Base Balance Reabsorption of Bicarbonate Generating New Bicarbonate Ions Hydrogen Ion Excretion Ammonium Ion Excretion Bicarbonate Ion Secretion Respiratory Acidosis and Alkalosis Respiratory Acid-Base Regulation Metabolic pH Imbalance Respiratory/Renal Compensation/Metabolic Acidosis Metabolic Alkalosis Fluid Balance- The amount of water gained each day equals the amount lost Electrolyte Balance - The ions gained each day equals the ions lost Acid-Base Balance - Hydrogen ion (H+) gain is offset by their loss Body Fluids Compartments Intracellular Fluid (ICF) - fluid found in the cells (cytoplasm, nucleoplasm) comprises 60% of all body fluids. Extracellular Fluid (ECF) - all fluids found outside the cells, comprises 40% of all body fluids Interstitial Fluid - 80% of ECF is found in localized areas: lymph, cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, aqueous humor and vitreous body of eyes, between serous and visceral membranes, glomerular Continue reading >>

Acid-base Balance

Acid-base Balance

Patient professional reference Professional Reference articles are written by UK doctors and are based on research evidence, UK and European Guidelines. They are designed for health professionals to use. You may find the Arterial Blood Gases article more useful, or one of our other health articles. Disorders of acid-base balance can lead to severe complications in many disease states.[1]Arterial blood pH is normally closely regulated to between 7.35 and 7.45. Maintaining the pH within these limits is achieved by bicarbonate, other buffers, the lungs and the kidneys. Primary changes in bicarbonate are metabolic and primary changes in carbon dioxide are respiratory. In the absence of any significant respiratory disease or hyperventilation, the primary cause is much more likely to be metabolic. However, central hypoventilation (eg, caused by CNS disturbance such as stroke, head injury or brain tumour) causes respiratory acidosis. In general, the kidneys compensate for respiratory causes and the lungs compensate for metabolic causes. Therefore, hyperventilation may be a cause of respiratory alkalosis or a compensatory mechanism for metabolic acidosis. Deep sighing respiration (Kussmaul breathing) is a common feature of acidosis (hyperventilation in an attempt to remove carbon dioxide) but may take some hours to appear. Investigations Analysis of arterial blood gases provides: pH: determines whether there is an overall acidosis or alkalosis. Venous pH is in practice as reliable as arterial pH. Carbon dioxide partial pressure (PaCO2): if raised with acidosis then the acidosis is respiratory. If decreased with alkalosis then the alkalosis is respiratory. Otherwise any change is compensatory. Standard bicarbonate (SBCe): analysis of blood gases provides a bicarbonate level whic Continue reading >>

Renal Response To Acid-base Imbalance

Renal Response To Acid-base Imbalance

The kidneys respond to acid-base disturbances by modulating both renal acid excretion and renal bicarbonate excretion. These processes are coordinated to return the extracellular fluid pH, and thus blood pH, to normal following a derangement. Below we discuss the coordinated renal response to such acid-base disturbances. Acidosis refers to an excess extracellular fluid H+ concentration and thus abnormally low pH. The overall renal response to acidosis involves the net urinary excretion of hydrogen, resorption of nearly all filtered bicarbonate, and the generation of novel bicarbonate which is added to the extracellular fluid. Processes of renal acid excretion result in both direct secretion of free hydrogen ions, thus acidifying the urine, as well as secretion of hydrogen in the form of ammonium. These mechanisms are molecularly coupled to the generation of fresh bicarbonate, which is added to the extracellular fluid. Additionally, as discussed in renal bicarbonate excretion, nearly all filtered bicarbonate is resorbed and thus its urinary loss is minimized. Together, these processes slowly reduce ECF hydrogen ions and increase ECF bicarbonate concentrations, thus gradually raising blood pH to its normal value. Alkalosis refers to a insufficient extracellular fluid H+ concentration and thus abnormally high pH. The overall response to alkalosis involves reduced urinary secretion of hydrogen and the urinary excretion of filtered bicarbonate. Renal acid excretion is minimized in the context of alkalosis, thus preventing further increases in the ECF pH. Instead, renal bicarbonate excretion is increased, resulting in loss of bicarbonate from the extracellular fluid, and an alkalinization of the urine. Together these processes reduce ECF bicarbonate concentrations and in doin Continue reading >>

4.5 Respiratory Acidosis - Compensation

4.5 Respiratory Acidosis - Compensation

Acid-Base Physiology 4.5.1 The compensatory response is a rise in the bicarbonate level This rise has an immediate component (due to a resetting of the physicochemical equilibrium point) which raises the bicarbonate slightly. Next is a slower component where a further rise in plasma bicarbonate due to enhanced renal retention of bicarbonate. The additional effect on plasma bicarbonate of the renal retention is what converts an "acute" respiratory acidsosis into a "chronic" respiratory acidosis. As can be seen by inspection of the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation (below), an increased [HCO3-] will counteract the effect (on the pH) of an increased pCO2 because it returns the value of the [HCO3]/0.03 pCO2 ratio towards normal. pH = pKa + log([HCO3]/0.03 pCO2) 4.5.2 Buffering in Acute Respiratory Acidosis The compensatory response to an acute respiratory acidosis is limited to buffering. By the law of mass action, the increased arterial pCO2 causes a shift to the right in the following reaction: CO2 + H2O <-> H2CO3 <-> H+ + HCO3- In the blood, this reaction occurs rapidly inside red blood cells because of the presence of carbonic anhydrase. The hydrogen ion produced is buffered by intracellular proteins and by phosphates. Consequently, in the red cell, the buffering is mostly by haemoglobin. This buffering by removal of hydrogen ion, pulls the reaction to the right resulting in an increased bicarbonate production. The bicarbonate exchanges for chloride ion across the erythrocyte membrane and the plasma bicarbonate level rises. In an acute acidosis, there is insufficient time for the kidneys to respond to the increased arterial pCO2 so this is the only cause of the increased plasma bicarbonate in this early phase. The increase in bicarbonate only partially returns the extracel Continue reading >>

Molecular Mechanisms Of Acid-base Sensing By The Kidney

Molecular Mechanisms Of Acid-base Sensing By The Kidney

Go to: Abstract A major function of the kidney is to collaborate with the respiratory system to maintain systemic acid-base status within limits compatible with normal cell and organ function. It achieves this by regulating the excretion and recovery of bicarbonate (mainly in the proximal tubule) and the secretion of buffered protons (mainly in the distal tubule and collecting duct). How proximal tubular cells and distal professional proton transporting (intercalated) cells sense and respond to changes in pH, bicarbonate, and CO2 status is a question that has intrigued many generations of renal physiologists. Over the past few years, however, some candidate molecular pH sensors have been identified, including acid/alkali-sensing receptors (GPR4, InsR-RR), kinases (Pyk2, ErbB1/2), pH-sensitive ion channels (ASICs, TASK, ROMK), and the bicarbonate-stimulated adenylyl cyclase (sAC). Some acid-sensing mechanisms in other tissues, such as CAII-PDK2L1 in taste buds, might also have similar roles to play in the kidney. Finally, the function of a variety of additional membrane channels and transporters is altered by pH variations both within and outside the cell, and the expression of several metabolic enzymes are altered by acid-base status in parts of the nephron. Thus, it is possible that a master pH sensor will never be identified. Rather, the kidney seems equipped with a battery of molecules that scan the epithelial cell environment to mount a coordinated physiologic response that maintains acid-base homeostasis. This review collates current knowledge on renal acid-base sensing in the context of a whole organ sensing and response process. A major unresolved issue in renal physiology is how renal epithelial cells sense extracellular acid-base status to initiate their homeos Continue reading >>

Respiratory Acidosis

Respiratory Acidosis

Respiratory acidosis is a medical emergency in which decreased ventilation (hypoventilation) increases the concentration of carbon dioxide in the blood and decreases the blood's pH (a condition generally called acidosis). Carbon dioxide is produced continuously as the body's cells respire, and this CO2 will accumulate rapidly if the lungs do not adequately expel it through alveolar ventilation. Alveolar hypoventilation thus leads to an increased PaCO2 (a condition called hypercapnia). The increase in PaCO2 in turn decreases the HCO3−/PaCO2 ratio and decreases pH. Terminology[edit] Acidosis refers to disorders that lower cell/tissue pH to < 7.35. Acidemia refers to an arterial pH < 7.36.[1] Types of respiratory acidosis[edit] Respiratory acidosis can be acute or chronic. In acute respiratory acidosis, the PaCO2 is elevated above the upper limit of the reference range (over 6.3 kPa or 45 mm Hg) with an accompanying acidemia (pH <7.36). In chronic respiratory acidosis, the PaCO2 is elevated above the upper limit of the reference range, with a normal blood pH (7.35 to 7.45) or near-normal pH secondary to renal compensation and an elevated serum bicarbonate (HCO3− >30 mm Hg). Causes[edit] Acute[edit] Acute respiratory acidosis occurs when an abrupt failure of ventilation occurs. This failure in ventilation may be caused by depression of the central respiratory center by cerebral disease or drugs, inability to ventilate adequately due to neuromuscular disease (e.g., myasthenia gravis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Guillain–Barré syndrome, muscular dystrophy), or airway obstruction related to asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbation. Chronic[edit] Chronic respiratory acidosis may be secondary to many disorders, including COPD. Hypoventilation Continue reading >>

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