Disturbances of acid–base homeostasis

R. D. Cohen and H. F. Woods

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
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Disturbances of acid–base homeostasis

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Despite a daily load of protons, derived mainly from metabolism, the hydrogen ion concentration of arterial blood in health is tightly maintained within a slightly alkaline range (pH 7.36–7.42); concentrations of intracellular hydrogen ions are also controlled. Failure adequately to excrete or neutralize protons causes acidic conditions to prevail (decreased pH): undue intake of base, uncompensated loss of protons—or the substrates from which they are derived—induces an alkaline milieu (raised pH)....

Chapter.  12838 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Medicine

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