Category: Acid base balance

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Breathing difficulty- What is the acid- base imbalance?

Case details An 80-year-old man had a bad cold. After two weeks he said, “It went in to my chest; I am feeling tightness in my chest, I am coughing, suffocated and unable to breathe!” (Figure) Figure- The gaseous exchange is impaired in pulmonary diseases What could be the possible reason? A. Metabolic Acidosis B. Metabolic Alkalosis C. Respiratory Acidosis D. Respiratory Alkalosis E. None of the above. Answer- C- Respiratory acidosis is the correct answer. Respiratory acidosis is CO2 accumulation (hypercapnia) from a decrease in respiratory rate, respiratory volume (hypoventilation), or both. It can be due to severe pulmonary...

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