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Symptoms Of Acid Base Imbalance
COPD...: Emphysema is a form of COPD. Patients with emphysema can have an increase in their carbon dioxide levels since they can't exhale the carbon dioxide normally. This in turn leads to a decrease in the blood pH. This is compensated by the kidneys by keeping bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) in the blood. The end result is a compensated respiratory acidosis. ...Read more
Often yes: But it depends on the cause of the disorder. ...Read more
Yes: Dehydration can result in low blood volume or hypovolemia, which affects tissue perfusion and oxygenetion. The tissues are stressed and produce acids that spill into blood, which cause acidity in the blood. The extent of acidity can be tested and give an idea of the severity of the dehydration. ...Read more
Blood gas: Typically a blood gas is drawn to determine your acid base status. ...Read more
In terms of acid base disorders, why does metabolic have an acute syndrome compared to respiratory having an acute and chronic phase?
Compensation: When you have a metabolic acid/base disorder, you compensate rapidly by changing your respiratory rate. When you have a respiratory acid/base disorder, it takes several days for your kidneys to compensate. ...Read more
Does longer term MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) use cause electrolyte or acid/base balance abnormalities?
Indirectly, yes: Salt (sodium chloride and others, some with potassium) separates into ions in the body, and these ions play with the acidic and basic molecules in many ways. So a lack or excess of salt can change the electrolyte numbers in response to an acid/base derangement. For instance, potassium usually leaves the cells in acidosis causing an increase; if you're already deficient, that may not be noticeable. ...Read more
Can't take toprol XL because the acid base bothers my bladder but regular metoprolol isn't controlling my high tachycardia well. Any other options?
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