Changes in pH and their interpretation

  • F. Wilson
  • W. G. Park

Abstract

Respiratory acidosis

Due to the compensating mechanisms of the buffers, lungs and kidneys any primary alteration in the value of either component of the [HCO 3 ] [H2CO3] ratio invokes a compensatory change in the other component, thus reducing the extent of the initial change in the pH. For example, in a respiratory acidosis with a PCO2 of 80 mmHg (10.6 kPa), if there were no compensatory rise in HCO 3 , the pH would be 7.1; in other words

Keywords

Phosphorus Respiration Acidity Bicarbonate Alkalinity 

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Copyright information

© F. Wilson and W.G. Park 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Wilson
    • 1
  • W. G. Park
    • 1
  1. 1.Royal Lancaster InfirmaryLancasterUK

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