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Clinical Correlates of pH Levels
Problem Set

In this problem set, you will learn how metabolic acidosis or alkalosis can arise and how these conditions shift the bicarbonate equilibrium. The body's compensatory mechanisms and treatment options are also discussed.

Instructions: The following problems have multiple choice answers. Correct answers are reinforced with a brief explanation. Incorrect answers are linked to tutorials to help solve the problem.


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  1. What is blood bicarbonate?
  2. Bicarbonate as a biological buffer
  3. Rapid response to mild acidosis
  4. Additional rapid response to acidosis
  5. Diagnosing acidosis/alkalosis
  6. Compensation for chronic metabolic alkalosis
  7. Chronic compensation for collapsed lung
  8. Chronic compensation for diet rich in acid
  9. Compensation for hyperventilation

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January 14, 1999
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