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Test Findings

Reduced HCO₃

March 4th, 2023


A reduced bicarbonate level less than 22 suggests the presence of a metabolic process - either primary (metabolic acidosis) or secondary (compensation for respiratory alkalosis).
  • Interpretation

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