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What type of acid-base disorder is cystic fibrosis and why?

Respiratory acidosis due to decreased ability to remove carbon dioxide from the body (hypoventilation) causing the extracellular fluid to become acidic (CO2 is acidic)


What is the cause of cystic fibrosis?

Autosomal recessive genetic disorder on chromosome 7 in gene which codes for the CFTR channel (inherits 2 faulty versions)


What is the role of the CFTR ion channel?

Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator - chloride channel which pumps sodium and water out of cells into the extracellular space


Outline how CFTR channels function

ATP-gated anion (chloride) cahnnel which allows Cl- to flow down electrochemical gradient (out of cell) which creates a positive flow for Na+ and water to follow to create more watery mucus


Where are CFTR channels located?

Lungs, liver, pancreas, digestive tract, reproductive tract and skin


How is cystic fibrosis diagnosed?

Heelprick/Guthrie test (newborns) that detects trypsin in blood released by damaged pancreas, sweat test (saltier), carrier testing if family member has CF, or antenatal testing


What are the symptoms of cystic fibrosis?

Chronic lung infections, persistent coughing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, infertility (all men, most women), diabetes from pancreatic damage


Define 'bronchiecstasis'

abnormal widening of the bronchi or their branches, in CF due to chronic thick mucus and repeated chest infections


What is the heterozygote advantage of a CFTR mutation?

May influence survival of people affected by diseases which involve loss of body fluid (cholera or typhoid etc.)


What are the most common types of bacteria which cause lung infections in CF patients?

Staphyloccus aureus, (MRSA), P. aeruginosa, H. influenza, S.maltophilia


Describe the treatment of cystic fibrosis

Daily physiotherapy (remove mucus and encourage exercise), pancreatic enzyme tablets (to take with fat-containing foods), higher calorie/protein diets, vitamin supplements (especially fat-soluble vitamins), oral/nebulised/IV antibiotics, transplants and potential gene therapy


Outline some of the complications of cystic fibrosis

diabetes, low bone mineral density (bone thinning), nephron/ototoxicity (hearing and kidney function loss) due to antibiotics taken, distal intestinal obstruction syndrome (blockages in stomach --> stomach pain, bloating, nausea and weight loss)


Which GI organ is affected by CF and how?

Due to CFTR mutation, the duct system of the pancreas is blocked by viscous secretions so digestive enzymes produced don't reach duodenum --> self-digestion and can damage the Islets of Langerhans --> (can cause) diabetes


Why are CF patients so prone to lung infections?

Thick mucus lining of airways is warm and moist, and thick enough to resist ciliary action so mucus isn't swept up --> optimal conditions for bacteria to culture and invade cells of airways


Why do pH levels have to be strictly controlled?

Enzyme function effectively to facilitate all essential metabolic processes


What are the 3 main mechanisms by which the body handles changes in serum pH?

Physiologic (chemical) buffers, renal compensation, pulmonary compensation


What are the 3 types of physiologic/chemical buffers?

Bicarbonate-carbonic acid (blood)
Intracellular proteins (between cells)
Phosphate buffers (bone)


Define 'buffer'

Base and conjugate acid OR acid and conjugate base salt


Describe how renal compensation balances pH

Starts when other methods ineffective (6 hours later).
In acidosis: excrete H+ and retain HCO3-
In alkalosis: excrete HCO3- and retain H+


Describe how bone acts a buffer?

Contains large reservoir of bicarbonate and phosphate so can buffer significant acute acid load


Define alkalosis

pH > 7.45


Define acidosis



What is normal serum pH?



Describe respiratory acidosis

pH less than 7.35, caused by alveolar hypoventilation (not enough CO2 - acid - removal). Relationship between pCO2 and HCO3- determine arterial pH


Outline acute respiratory acidosis

accompanied by minimal changes in serum HCO3-, and over 1-3 days renal HCO3- conservation restored pH


Outline chronic respiratory acidosis

Occurs secondary to a chronic reduction in alveolar ventilation as seen in COPD


Describe respiratory alkalosis

pCO2 reduction --> increase in pH due to increased alveolar ventilation


What is the treatment of respiratory alkalosis?

Discovery and correction of underlying etiology


Describe metabolic acidosis

Increase in absolute body acid from excess production of acids OR excessive loss of bicarbonate, sodium and potassium caused by lactic acid, diarrhoea etc.


Describe the role of the kidney in electrolyte balance

Retain cellular sodium by exchanging it for H+ or potassium (to be excreted) in renal fluid. In the presence of a H+ load, H+ moves into cells, and potassium has to move out to maintain electro neutrality.


Outline severe metabolic acidosis

Significant depletion of total body potassium (due to removal in exchange for H+) even if there is serum hyperkalaemia.


Describe metabolic alkalosis

When HCO3- is increased,, usually due to excessive loss of acids due to diuretics, prolonged vomiting etc.


What is the treatment for metabolic alkalosis?

If chloride concentration is


What is the equation for hydrogen bicarbonate as a buffer?

H20 + CO2 H2C03 HCO3- + H+


Why do bicarbonate levels not rise in acute respiratory acidosis?

The compensation for an acute respiratory acidosis is by intracellular buffering (such as proteins and phosphates) so plasma bicarbonate rises only slightly and so it does not contribute to the buffering