Test Findings

Reduced HCO₃



  • 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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