Clinical Correlates of pH Levels
Problem 5: Diagnosing acidosis/alkalosis
The normal range for blood pH is 7.35-7.45. Patients with acidosis or alkalosis
will have pH values outside of this range.
Patients are often encountered who significantly deviate from normal bicarbonate values for blood, yet nonetheless maintain blood pH within a range compatible with life. Such patients have compensated for circumstances
that would normally produce acidosis or alkalosis.
The Biology Project
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
The University of Arizona
January 19, 1999
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