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How do you test for metabolic alkalosis? If this is confirmed how is it treated?

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Dr. William Byars
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In brief: Treat the cause

The most certain way to test for alkalosis (or acidosis) is with an arterial blood gas test.
If the arterial ph is abnormally high, there is alkalosis. M. A. Typically shows an elevated serum co2 level, because of increased bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). The treatment depends on the cause of m.A. Repeated vomiting causes m.A. Because of loss of hcl (acid) from the stomach. You treat the cause of vomiting.

In brief: Treat the cause

The most certain way to test for alkalosis (or acidosis) is with an arterial blood gas test.
If the arterial ph is abnormally high, there is alkalosis. M. A. Typically shows an elevated serum co2 level, because of increased bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). The treatment depends on the cause of m.A. Repeated vomiting causes m.A. Because of loss of hcl (acid) from the stomach. You treat the cause of vomiting.
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