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I ask a question yesterday and I have a question about the answer. I was told I have a compensated respiratory acidosis what is the causes of this and what does it mean? I had a lung function test that I failed real badly. I had a blood gases where my PCO2, HCO3, and my abe were high and my ph was normal. I have taken a ct of my chest but don't know the results yet. I just wondering what could be going on with my lung?
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Dear Ksb,

Compensated respiratory acidosis happens when there is underlying metabolic alkalosis(raised HCO3 levels) so the lungs retain the carbon di oxide to maintain normal ph of the body.The causes of metabolic alkalosis are vomiting,contraction alkalosis,shift of hydrogen ions into intracellular space or taking of medications like antacids for ulcer.

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