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Difference between respiratory acidosis or alkalosis?

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Dr. Melissa Lim
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: Level of CO2

The lungs help regulate the blood's ph by regulating carbon dioxide (co2) exhaled, eliminating it from the body.
If not enough co2 is exhaled then it builds up in the blood stream, and leads to respiratory acidosis. If excessive co2 is exhaled, as in hyperventilation, then this can cause respiratory alkalosis.

In brief: Level of CO2

The lungs help regulate the blood's ph by regulating carbon dioxide (co2) exhaled, eliminating it from the body.
If not enough co2 is exhaled then it builds up in the blood stream, and leads to respiratory acidosis. If excessive co2 is exhaled, as in hyperventilation, then this can cause respiratory alkalosis.
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