Franz Wiesbauer explains the relationship between pH, HCO3 and pCO2 and a simple rule which will help you decide whether the primary problem is respiratory or metabolic in nature.
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Metabolic Alkalosis DDx
Metabolic alkalosis is a a primary acid-base disorder that causes the plasma bicarbonate to rise to an abnormally high level. the severity of a metabolic alkalosis is determined by the difference between the actual [HCO3] and the expected [HCO3]
Evaluation of causes of metabolic alkalosis requires a systematic approach involving history, examination and some specific investigations.