Test Findings

Elevated HCO₃



  • An elevated bicarbonate level greater than 26 suggests the presence of a metabolic process - either primary (metabolic alkalosis) or secondary (compensation for respiratory acidosis).
    • Interpretation

    • Elevated pH with elevated HCO₃ - suggests metabolic alkalosis
    • Reduced pH with elevated HCO₃ and elevated PCO - suggests metabolic compensation for chronic respiratory acidosis
    • Normal pH with elevated HCO₃ and elevated PCO₂ - suggests mixed metabolic alkalosis-respiratory acidosis
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