22 – 29 mmol/L
Also known as total CO², this is a crude acid-base measure. In metabolic acidosis, bicarbonate is reduced, e.g. in diabetic ketoacidosis.
In metabolic alkalosis, it is increased . as in pyloric stenosis or the compensated respiratory acidosis of chronic obstructive airways disease.
Serum bicarbonate is not a very reliable assay from a clinical point of view, since total CO² is being measured. Arterial blood gas samples provide a more reliable indication of acid/base status.
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