PaCO2:
[HCO3-]:
Primary problem

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Compensation

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Level of compensation
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Partial compensation means that the pH is still abnormal.

Full compensation means that the pH is back to normal.

close The pH is still low, so it is only partially compensated. When the pH is normal, it will be fully compensated.
close The pH is low (acidotic), so the primary problem is an acidosis of some sort.
close CO2 is the respiratory component.
HCO3- is the metabolic component.
normal: (-2) - 2 mEq/L close

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This BE is low (acidotic). The pH and BE are both acidotic, so the BE is a primary cause.

normal: 22-26 mEq/L close

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This HCO3- is low (acidotic). The pH and HCO3- are both acidotic, so the HCO3- is a primary cause.

normal: 35-45 mmHg close

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This CO2 is low (alkalotic). The pH and HCO3- are both acidotic, but the CO2 is not, so the CO2 is the compensation.

normal: 7.35-7.45 close

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This pH is low (acidotic). The other acidotic piece (HCO3- and/or CO2) is the primary cause.