oa South African Medical Journal - Acid-base balance made simple

Volume 55, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The control of extracellular acid-base balance is difficult to grasp unless it is realized that the pH of the blood depends upon the ratio H2CO3/NaHCO3 and that, without alteration of pulmonary ventilation, the H2CO3 neither rises nor falls.

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