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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Hypokalemic Alkalosis

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Why does primary hyperaldosteronism cause metabolic alkalosis?

Why does primary hyperaldosteronism cause metabolic alkalosis?

Conn 's alkalosis : Aldo moves Na from urine and K and H out into urine. Lowering H in blood makes you more alkalotic. Also as K moves out of cells to keep blood K up H moves into cells. Less H in blood = higher pH. ...Read more

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How does primary hyperaldosteronism cause metabolic alkalosis?

How does primary hyperaldosteronism cause metabolic alkalosis?

Conn 's alkalosis : Aldo moves Na from urine and K and H out into urine. Lowering H in blood makes you more alkalotic. Also as K moves out of cells to keep blood K up H moves into cells. Less H in blood = higher pH. ...Read more

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Does respiratory alkalosis cause hyponatremia?

Does respiratory alkalosis cause hyponatremia?

Hyponatremia: Many pulmonary illnesses may cause a low sodium level, via induction of inappropriate SIADH. But respiratory alkalosis, by itself, should not lower the sodium level below the normal range. Often, people with respiratory alkalosis may have a lower serum chloride level, to balance for additional bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) ions. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Is it possible for diarrhea to cause the blood pH to indicate acidosis or alkalosis?

Is it possible for diarrhea to cause the blood pH to indicate acidosis or alkalosis?

Acidosis: With severe diarrhea, metabolic acidosis is frequent and can result in severe complications depending on extent and duration of the diarrhea as well as the degree of rehydration. The acidosis results from loss of K+ and bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) from excess liquid stool . The blood pH is normally maintained at 7.4. Below 7.35, metabolic acidosis is present. ...Read more

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I have Crohn's disease which has caused mild metabolic alkalosis due to low electrolytes. Can I safely consume pediaLyte everyday to counteract this?

I have Crohn's disease which has caused mild metabolic alkalosis due to low electrolytes. Can I safely consume pediaLyte everyday to counteract this?

Crohn desease: or inflam bowel disease--here inflamed colon loses its ability to absorb salt and water and potassium excretion in the lumen is decreases so there is metabolic alkalosis due to volume depletion and potassium loss in this case taking pedialyte should not hurt but is poorly absorbed ...Read more

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Can metabolic alkalosis cause shortness of breath?

Can metabolic alkalosis cause shortness of breath?

Alkalosis: It is not that simple to say yes or no to this question. It depends upon the cause of the metabolic alkalosis. Commonly with metabolic alkalosis as a compensatory mechanism there will be hypoventilation that could be sensed as shortness of breath but respiratory rate will be lower or shallower. ...Read more

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How can CNS depression cause respiratory alkalosis?

How can  CNS depression cause respiratory alkalosis?

It probably doesn't: Respiratory alkalosis is decreased co2 in the blood often caused by hyperventilation. CNS depression is related to reduced ventilation - an opposite situation. Neither sounds like a good thing. ...Read more

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Why does respiratory alkalosis cause hypokalemia while metabolic acidosis causes hyperkalemia?

Potassium shift: the concentration of electrolytes in the body and blood stream are very complex. The body strives to maintain normal concentrations of potassium, acid, as well as electrical charge. Acidosis causes a build up of hydrogen and cells will shift hydrogen and potassium to prevent acid buildup as a result potassium goes up, the reverse occurs when alkalosis happens ...Read more

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Could low potassium levels (3.1), be caused by consuming lemon juice every day? (I'm thinking Alkalosis) how else is this diagnosed ? Thanks

Could low potassium levels (3.1), be caused by consuming lemon juice every day? (I'm thinking Alkalosis) how else is this diagnosed ? Thanks

Not lemon juice: Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside on either end. This value is not dangerous and may even be a lab error or momentary glitch in your physiology. Licorice? Have it rechecked sometime. Ignore everything you read about "alkalosis" in folks who feel well -- it's internet bunk. You may have a mild renal tubular wasting, an aldosteronoma, others. ...Read more