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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Acid Base Imbalance

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How could emphysema lead to acid-base imbalance?

How could emphysema lead to 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

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What does nacl do with regards to respiratory acidosis or any other acid-base imbalances?

What does nacl do with regards to respiratory acidosis or any other acid-base imbalances?

Acidosis: Nacl is not used to treat respiratory acidosis. In fact, large amounts of fluid containing nacl given IV can cause a metabolic acidosis. Nahco3, or sodium bicarbonate, is used to treat a certain type of metabolic acidosis (but not a respiratory acidosis). ...Read more

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Are acid-base metabolism disorders very serious?

Are acid-base metabolism disorders very serious?

Sometimes: There is some research that shows that certain individuals may have familial reasons for their obesity and low metabolism. ...Read more

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Can dehydration cause some acid-base metabolism disorders?

Can dehydration cause some acid-base metabolism disorders?

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

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In terms of acid base disorders, why does metabolic have an acute syndrome compared to respiratory having an acute and chronic phase?

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

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Does longer term MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) use cause electrolyte or acid/base balance abnormalities?

Does longer term MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) use cause electrolyte or acid/base balance abnormalities?

Here are some...: If its use just smooths stool regularity without watery diarrhea, it would not affect your electrolyte and acid/base balance. More? Ask your prescribing doctor. If unsure, test it once in 3-4 months for reassurance; that is reasonable. ...Read more

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Does salt intake play a role in maintenance of systemic acid/base homeostasis?

Does salt intake play a role in maintenance of systemic acid/base homeostasis?

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

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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?

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?

Yes: There are several other b-blockers that can slow your heart down (coreg, bystolic) and there are also some calcium channel blockers that do the same (diltizem and verapamil). Ask your doctor if you can try one of these. ...Read more