Acid-base imbalances - respiratory acidosis and alkalosis

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• The individual mechanisms involved in regulating pH work in concert with each other to ensure that blood pH is maintained within the normal range. • The two categories of pH imbalance are: • Respiratory • Metabolic • Both types of imbalances can cause either acidosis or alkalosis. • Respiratory acidosis results from excessive CO2 accumulation. • Respiratory alkalosis results from excessive CO2 removal.

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