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

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

K and alkalosis acid: Blood K is sensitive to blood pH.(hydrogen ion concentration). When H gets too high (acidosis) it moves into cells to protect from death from too much acid. As H+ moves into cells a + ion must move out. This is usually K+. Thus, hyperK. When H+ gets too low (alkalosis) in blood H+ moves from cell to blood to prevent death from low H+. As H+ moves out of cell K+ moves in. Thus blood K goes down. ...Read more

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Dr. Fred McCurdy
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Metabolic Acidosis (Definition)

Metabolic acidosis occurs either from primary acid retention, renal (kidney) dysfunction/failure or bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) losses. Primary acid retentions cause anion-gap metabolic acidosis from these etiologies (methanol, uremia, diabetic ketoacidosis, para-aldehyde, isoniazid, lactic acidosis, ethylene glycol, salicylates). Kidney's dysfunction leads to acidosis. Finally any loss ...Read more


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Normal CBC, CMP & electrolytes. Does this exclude acid/base problems such as metabolic acidosis or alkalosis??

Sort of: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, just the fact that you are asking this question is sufficient to conclude that you do not have serious acid/base disorder. ...Read more

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How does the renal system compensates for metabolic acidosis and alkalosis?

How does the renal system compensates for metabolic acidosis and alkalosis?

Slowly & effectively: In response to acidosis, the kidney increases reabsorbtion of bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) from the tubular fluid, secretes more hydrogen ions, and generate more bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). Ammoniagenesis leads to increased formation of the buffering compounds. In responses to alkalosis, the kidney excretes more bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate), decreases hydrogen ion secretion, and lowers rates of glutamine metabolism and ammonium excretion. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the renal system compensates for metabolic acidosis and alkalosis?

Metabolic issues: The kidneys are very smart at keeping the body at the ph level. The kidneys are capable of getting rid of large amounts of acids (hydrogen ions) and reabsorbing bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) to keep the body in homeostasis. We excrete acid (h+) through titratable acidity and ammonium. ...Read more

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Abg result: mixed metabolic acidosis and respiratory alkalosis with more than adequate oxygenation. What's the meaning of this? Thank you.

Abg result: mixed metabolic acidosis and respiratory alkalosis with more than adequate oxygenation.  What's the meaning of this? Thank you.

Acid-base disorder: To give a clear answer we need to have the actual values for the ph, pco2, and the tco2 (usually called bicarbonate). A mixed disorder needs to be broken into the primary disorder and then if other disorders are present, are they primary or secondary. Normal oxygenation not relevant to this problem. Could be anxiety or medication for the resp alkalosis with a secondary hyperchloremic "acidosis". ...Read more

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Is serum Osmolality typically elevated in metabolic acidosis/alkalosis and ethylene glycol poisoning?

Yes: Particularly with ethylene glycol poisoning.
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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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When you have diarrhea and you lose intestinal juices, does that lead to blood pH undergoing acidosis or alkalosis?

Acidosis: When one has severe diarrhea or takes too many laxatives there is a resulting change in the balanced pH of the blood referred to as hyperchloremic acidosis. The diminution of bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) levels lost in the liquid stool results in this problem and must be compensated by minimizing or controlling the diarrhea and taking alkaline material P. O to return the blood pH to normal. ...Read more

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When a patient has metabolic acidosis from prolong diarrhea, what has happened in the gut?

When a patient has metabolic acidosis from prolong diarrhea, what has happened in the gut?

Several possible: Diarrheic stools cause the body to lose bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) and if sufficiently severe this will create metabolic acidosis. If the diarrhea is a manifestation of systemic disease this can produce a metabolic anion-gap acidosis. In either event a doctor should be seen asap. ...Read more

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Can hypercalcemia be caused because the body is trying to protect you from negative effects of mild/severe acidosis (metabolic acidosis, perhaps)?

Hypercalcemia: The answer to your question is, unfortunately, "no". Hypercalcemia (h) due to hyperparathyroidism is seen with a metabolic acidosis, it is not a defense against acidosis. H is usually not caused by bengin causes. If you, or someone you know, has h, see an endocrinolgoist as soon as possible. Goo luck. ...Read more

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What're some causes of metabolic acidosis?

Many causes: This is more of a clinical site. Try googling other sites for basic science stuff. ...Read more

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How can metabolic acidosis cause kussmaul breathing?

How can metabolic acidosis cause kussmaul breathing?

Yes.: Kussmaul breathing is a deep and labored breathing pattern often associated with severe metabolic acidosis, particularly diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) but also renal failure. It is a form of hyperventilation, which is any breathing pattern that reduces carbon dioxide in the blood due to increased rate or depth of respiration.
In metabolic acidosis, breathing is first rapid and shallow. ...Read more

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Can topamax (topiramate) cause metabolic acidosis?

Can topamax (topiramate) cause metabolic acidosis?

Yes: Among the side effects, including cognitive issues, narrow angle glaucoma, heat stroke risk in kids, kidney stones; is also, metabolic acidosis, which can potentially be life threatening. It has been associated with kidney disease, and surgery. It is advised to stop topamax (topiramate) if surgery is planned. ...Read more

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Could use expert help with why a fever causes metabolic acidosis?

Doesn't: Fever by itself will not cause a metabolic acidosis. But when associated with sepsis can be due to lactic acidosis, with starvation ketoacidosis. Infections are frequently associated with these conditions very ill patients, this is not your every day fever. ...Read more

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Husband in the ER in severe metabolic acidosis. What does this mean, and what could be the cause?

Husband in the ER in severe metabolic acidosis. What does this mean, and what could be the cause?

Many causes: Kidney failure has to be ruled out first. Sepsis, i.e. Infection is important to rule out as well. If has diabetes need to make sure it is not diabetic ketoacidosis. Also, important to make sure it is not due to metformin (glucophage) if takes it for diabetes. Other rare causes include Aspirin poisoning and antifreeze poisoning will be ruled out by his doctors. ...Read more

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Could metabolic acidosis be one possible cause of rosacea?

Could metabolic acidosis be one possible cause of rosacea?

Not likely: Rosacea is usually caused by or aggravated by sun or wind exposure, spices, and alcohol. Metabolic acidosis is not usually a cause, but I don't know whether it would aggravate it. A dermatologist is best qualified to answer your question and treat rosacea. ...Read more

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How does high chloride cause a (non-anion gap) metabolic acidosis?

See below: Please consult this site for the information. It is more involved than the 400 characters will allow.

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/240809-overview ...Read more

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How can diabetic ketoacidosis (w/ metabolic acidosis) causes respiratory failure?

Due to acidosis.,,: The metabolic acidosis causes a respiratory compensation in an attempt by the body to keep the blood ph normal. The respiratory compensation is to increase minute ventilation (both respiratory rate and volume per breath!). So, the person with severe metabolic acidosis will be breathing fast and deeply. Doing this for an extended period can lead to fatigue resulting in respiratory failure. ...Read more

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Acidosis (Definition)

Normally our body chemistry is kept in a narrow range, and in particular the amount of acid in the body is kept within a narrow range. The amount of acid is measured by a value called the ph. It is normally a value between 7.35 and 7.45, values below 7.35 are considered to be "acidotic" a patient with this value of the blood chemistry ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more