|Acid Base Balance / Blood Gas Testing - Lesson 1|
Correlation of Acid base balance and anion gap
Metabolic acidosis is typically classified into two categories based on anion gap levels. When anion gap is increased with metabolic acidosis the plasma chloride levels are usually normal but plasma potassium is increased. The change in anion gap from normal should equal the change in HCO3- in simple acid base disturbances.
Metabolic Acidosis With Increased Anion Gap, partially compensated
Common causes of metabolic acidosis with increased anion gap