How Does The Renal System Compensate For Conditions Of Respiratory Acidosis?
How does the renal system compensate for conditions of respiratory acidosis? a.) Excreting more HCO3- in urine and retaining more H+ b.) Excreting more H+ in urine and retaining more HCO3- Are you sure you want to delete this answer? Best Answer: The kidneys compensate for respiratory acidosis by retaining HCO3-, and excreting hydrogen ions. Bicarbonate (HCO3-) is an alkaline substance, and helps to get the pH of blood back within a normal range. This is a slow process, but is the body's best defense mechanism against acidotic conditions. OK, form here on this is an edit of my previous statement. Furball gave you an inaccurate answer. When the body is in respiratory acidosis, and the respiratory system cannot fix the situation, the renal system tries to compensate for this acidosis. Look it up in any nursing/RT textbook. The kidneys retain HCO3- to try to balance the pH. This is the body's way of trying to maintain homeostasis. This is very basic nursing knowledge, and I see it in practice daily. If you need help with ABGs, feel free to email me :) Respiratory acidosis is caused by too much carbon dioxide in the body. For whatever reason, the respiratory system is impaired and can Continue reading >>