What is the effect on pH and HCO3 concentrations when metabolic acidosis is part of a mixed or complex acid-base disturbance?

Updated: Oct 10, 2018
  • Author: Christie P Thomas, MBBS, FRCP, FASN, FAHA; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Rarely, metabolic acidosis can be part of a mixed or complex acid-base disturbance in which two or more separate metabolic or respiratory derangements occur together. In these instances, pH may not be reduced or the HCO3- concentration may not be low.


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