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respiratory acidosis and metabolic acidosis, which is worse?

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Dr. Jack Rubin
47 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Worse acidosis: Both a respiratory (r) and metabolic acidosis (m) are bad. A r is due to retention of carbon dioxide (c) and a m is due to the presence of an organic acid. The treatment of a r is to reduce the c, blowing of c and the treatment of a m is to get rid of of the organic acid.
Answered on Dec 23, 2013

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