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Respiratory alkalosis management. Because chronic respiratory alkalosis poses a low risk to health and produces few or no symptoms, measures for treating the acid-base disorder itself are not required. In contrast, severe alkalemia caused by acute primary hypocapnia requires corrective measures that depend on whether serious clinical manifestations are present. Such measures can be directed at reducing plasma bicarbonate concentration ([HCO3]), increasing the arterial carbon dioxide tension (PaCO2), or both. Even if the baseline plasma bicarbonate is moderately decreased, reducing it further can be particularly rewarding in this setting. In addition, this maneuver combines effectiveness with relatively little risk [1,2].

Pseudorespiratory alkalosis. This entity develops in patients with profound depression of cardiac function and pulmonary perfusion but relative preservation of alveolar ventilation. Patients include those with advanced circulatory failure and those undergoing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The severely reduced pulmonary blood flow limits the amount of carbon dioxide delivered to the lungs for excretion, thereby increasing the venous carbon dioxide tension (PCO2). In contrast, the increased ventilation-to-perfusion ratio causes a larger than normal removal of carbon dioxide per unit of blood traversing the pulmonary circulation, thereby giving rise to arterial hypocapnia [12,13]. Note a progressive widening of the arteriovenous difference in pH and PCO2 in the two settings of cardiac dysfunction. The hypobicarbonatemia in the setting of cardiac arrest represents a complicating element of lactic acidosis. Despite the presence of arterial hypocapnia, pseudorespiratory alkalosis represents a special case of respiratory acidosis, as absolute carbon dioxide excretion is decreased and body carbon dioxide balance is positive. Furthermore, the extreme oxygen deprivation prevailing in the tissues might be completely disguised by the reasonably preserved arterial oxygen values. Appropriate monitoring of acid-base composition and oxygenation in patients with advanced cardiac dysfunction requires mixed (or central) venous blood sampling in addition to arterial blood sampling. Management of pseudorespiratory alkalosis must be directed at optimizing systemic hemodynamics [1,13].

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