Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation Q 2

By | June 30, 2022

In acid-base balance, the normal plasma PCO2 and bicarbonate levels are disturbed. Match the changes in this parameter with the disorders in the given choices: Low plasma PaCO2
  
     A. Metabolic Acidosis
     B. Respiratory Alkalosis
     C. Metabolic Alkalosis
     D. Respiratory Acidosis
    
    

Correct Answer: B. Respiratory Alkalosis

Excessive pulmonary ventilation decreases hydrogen ion concentration and thus causes respiratory alkalosis. It can become dangerous when it leads to cardiac dysrhythmias caused partly by a decrease in serum potassium levels.


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