meningitisIncreased blood HCO3 could have easily been interpreted as increased blood pH aswell. FOllowing your explanation, since the pt had acidosis, the increased HCO3 will just make it a normal pH.
Another way to think of the question is: if there is decreased exhalation due to COPD --> increased CO2 --> increased CO2 transported in blood by entering the RBC's with Carbonic Anhydrase and HCO3 is released into blood stream. So increased CO2 -> increased HCO3 seeing as this type of CO2 transport is 70% of total CO2 content in blood.+82019-06-11T07:48:01Z
drmohandesI thought you could never fully compensate, so your pH will never normalize.
Primary problem = respiratory acidosis → pH low. Compensatory metabolic alkalosis will increase blood HCO3-, but not enough to normalize pH, it will just be 'less' low, but still an acidosis.+2019-11-08T06:01:47Z