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Test Findings

Elevated Base Excess

February 7th, 2020


A base excess greater than +2 suggests the presence of metabolic alkalosis.
  • Causes of Elevated Base Excess

  • Bicarbonate excess - milk alkali syndrome (antacids), massive transfusion, dialysis
  • GI acid loss - vomiting, NG aspirates, gastric fistula
  • Renal acid loss - diuretics, hyperaldosteronism, Cushing's, steroids
  • Compartmental shift - hypokalaemia
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