Question :
Posted On : 27 Aug 2015
blood gas result shows respiratory alkalosis with normal respiratory rate what is your explanation
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Expert Answer :
Respiratory alkalosis is an inappropriate reduction in the blood carbon dioxide concentration. It is usually due to hyperventilation. One condition where it is not associated with hyperventilation and with normal respiratory rate is in children receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation or hemodialysis. Here CO2 is lost directly from the blood in the extracorporeal circuit.
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