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Am J Kidney Dis. 2012 Nov;60(5):834-8. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2012.03.025. Epub 2012 Aug 4.

Evaluation and treatment of respiratory alkalosis.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX 75390, USA. biff.palmer@utsouthwestern.edu

Abstract

Respiratory alkalosis is the most frequent acid-base disturbance encountered in clinical practice. This is particularly true in critically ill patients, for whom the degree of hypocapnia directly correlates with adverse outcomes. Although this acid-base disturbance often is considered benign, evidence suggests that the alkalemia of primary hypocapnia can cause clinically significant decreases in tissue oxygen delivery. Mild respiratory alkalosis often serves as a marker of an underlying disease and may not require therapeutic intervention. In contrast, severe respiratory alkalosis should be approached with a sense of urgency and be aggressively corrected.

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22871240
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10.1053/j.ajkd.2012.03.025
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