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The student would be experiencing alkalosis, as he/she is blowing off Co2 which is an acidic gas. This is known as acute alkalosis.

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Q: If a student hyperventilate and is disoriented before an exam are they experiencing acidosis or alkalosis?
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What is measured in a blood sample to determine acid base status?

You need to get arterial blood gas to determine of pH of blood. normal is 7.35 to 7.45. Below 7.35 is acidosis and above 7.45 is alkalosis.

How does the body control carbon dioxide levels?

A person's breathing rate influences the level of CO2 in their blood. Breathing that is too slow or shallow causes respiratory acidosis, while breathing that is too rapid leads to hyperventilation, which may cause respiratory alkalosis.


DefinitionAcidosis is a condition in which there is excessive acid in the body fluids. It is the opposite of alkalosis (a condition in which there is excessive base in the body fluids).Causes, incidence, and risk factorsThe kidneys and lungs maintain the balance (proper pH level) of chemicals called acids and bases in the body. Acidosis occurs when acid builds up or when bicarbonate (a base) is lost. Acidosis is classified as either respiratory acidosis or metabolic acidosis.Respiratory acidosis develops when there is too much carbon dioxide (an acid) in the body. This type of acidosis is usually caused by a decreased ability to remove carbon dioxide from the body through effective breathing. Other names for respiratory acidosis are hypercapnic acidosis and carbon dioxide acidosis. Causes of respiratory acidosis include:Chest deformities, such as kyphosisChest injuriesChest muscle weaknessChronic lung diseaseOveruse of sedative drugsMetabolic acidosis develops when too much acid is produced or when the kidneys cannot remove enough acid from the body. There are several types of metabolic acidosis:Diabetic acidosis (also called diabetic ketoacidosis and DKA) develops when substances called ketone bodies (which are acidic) build up during uncontrolled diabetes.Hyperchloremic acidosis results from excessive loss of sodium bicarbonate from the body, as can happen with severe diarrhea.Lactic acidosisis a buildup of lactic acid. This can be caused by: AlcoholCancerExercising vigorously for a very long timeLiver failureLow blood sugar (hypoglycemia)Medications such as salicylatesProlonged lack of oxygen from shock, heart failure, or severe anemiaSeizuresOther causes of metabolic acidosis include:Kidney disease(distal renal tubular acidosis and proximal renal tubular acidosis)Poisoning by aspirin, ethylene glycol (found in antifreeze), or methanolSevere dehydrationSymptomsSee: Metabolic acidosis or Respiratory acidosisSigns and testsArterial or venous blood gas analysisSerum electrolytesUrine pHAn arterial blood gas analysis or serum electrolytes test, such as a basic metabolic panel, will confirm that acidosis is present and indicate whether it is metabolic acidosis or respiratory acidosis. Other tests may be needed to determine the cause of the acidosis.TreatmentTreatment depends on the cause. See the specific types of acidosis.Expectations (prognosis)Acidosis can be dangerous if untreated. Many cases respond well to treatment.ComplicationsSee the specific types of acidosis.Calling your health care providerAlthough there are several types of acidosis, all will cause symptoms that require treatment by your health care provider.PreventionPrevention depends on the cause of the acidosis. Normally, people with healthy kidneys and lungs do not experience significant acidosis.ReferencesSeifter JL. Acid-base disorders. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 119.

What is the blood pH of 7.28?


Is Acidosis defined as a blood pH less than normal?

True/Yes Acidosis is defined as a blood pH less than normal

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What would cause metabolic alkalosis to slide into metabolic acidosis?

respiratory alkalosis would cause metabolic acidosis

What is acidosis and alkalosis?

Acidosis is an excessively acidic condition of the body's tissues and/or fluids. Alkalosis is an excessively alkaline condition of body fluids or tissues that commonly cause weakness and/or cramps.

Is alkalosis the blood condition in which the blood pH is higher than normal?

Yes. Acidosis is when the blood pH is lower than normal. Alkalosis usually results from hyperventilation, whereas acidosis results from asphyxiation.

Would a person who is hyperventilating suffer from alkalosis or acidosis?

When the pH level in blood falls below 7.35, then acidosis has occurred. On the other hand, when the pH in blood goes above 7.45, then that alkalosis has occurred. Loss of carbonic acid due to rapid breathing can cause alkalosis.

The conditions known as acidosis and alkalosis refer to a disruption of the body's?

ph balance

Does a baby with diarrhea sunken fontanelles dehydration bacterium induced colitis with antibiotics prescribed have acidosis or alkalosis when their pH is checked?

They would have alkalosis

What are the lab values you would see in someone with metabolic acidosis and alkalosis?

inbalance in ABG's

What is the pH of blood and why?

Normally 7.4 which is neutral. Lower would be an Acidosis Higher would be an alkalosis

How does the bloodstream maintain pH?

The carbonic acid and bicarbonate in the bloodstream minimize (or buffer) any trend to acidosis or alkalosis