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Homework Help: physiology

Posted by csumicro on Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 8:23pm.

A patient is breathing rapidly and slurring her speech. Shortly after, she becomes comatose. Tests show her blood glucose and ketone levels are high. She has been urinating eery few minutes prior to her becoming lethargic. What is the patients problem? Would you expect her blood pH to be acidic or alkaline? What is the significance of her rapid breathing? Are her kidneys reabsorbing or secreting bicarbonate ions during this situation?


Im thinking diabetes. Ketoacidosis

I would expect an acidic blood condition, as the stress alone would acidify the blood, let alone the other conditions.

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