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Postby natakadrit » Sun Dec 11, 2005 10:32 pm

An individual has an episode of gastroenteritis with vomiting and diarrhea. How it will affect his intracellular and extracellular fluid compartments volume and osmolality? What acid-base abnormality will he develop? :cry:
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Postby bionewbie » Mon Dec 12, 2005 1:24 pm

When someone is vomitting, they are vomitting up acid. You are losing H+ in the body, and this cause an increase in pH which results in metabolic alkalosis. Also, there will be increase in bicarbonate.

Hope that helps.
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