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Serum vs Plasma

Serum: there is no additive in the tube so the blood will clot (red top collection tube)
Plasma: Various additives are present (indicated by cap colors), they prevent the blood from clotting by removing clotting factors.


4 Major Fluid Components Of The Body

Interstitital fluid (solution that bathes and surrounds the cells of multicellular animals, found in "interstitial spaces")
Plasma or serum (Plasma is a very small amount of total water volume, most of the physiology of water exchange occurs intracellularly.)
Intracellular fluid


Modes For Water Intake And Loss By The Body

Hypothalamus action regulates Osmolality by stimulating thirst and releasing ADH (anti-diuretic hormone)
Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system
Natriuretic peptides


Intracellular And Extracellular Electrolyte Compositions

Intracellular: Potassium (cation), Phosphates & proteins (anion and buffer)
Extracellular: Sodium (cation), Chloride (anion), Bicarbonate HCO3- (buffer)


Main Functions Of The Major Electrolytes

Sodium & Potassium/Chloride & Bicarbonate
• Maintain water volume and osmotic pressure
• Buffer pH
• Nerve synaptic transmission
• Cofactor for enzymes
• Help to solubilize proteins
• Membrane potential of cells


What is the cause of edema?

Excess of interstitial fluid, Locally, due to inflammation, hypersensitivity, venous blockage. General Edema due to cardiac, renal or pulmonary failure


Anion gap Calculation

Anion Gap = [Na+] – [Cl-] + [HCO3-]


What is Osmolality, why is it measured?

Osmolality is the total concentration of particles in a solution; dependent on the kind of particle, not the number of particles in the solution.


What are the 2 methods of osmolality measurement?

Freezing point depression:
1 osmol of solute lowers freezing point of water by 1.86C (mOsm/kg)
Vapor pressure depression: when solute is added to solvent, the vapor press of solvent in equilibrium with the liquid phase is decreased.


What is calculation for Osmolal Gap and how is it useful?

OG = measured serum osmolality − calculated osmolality
Calculated osmolality = 2 x [Na mmol/L] + [glucose mmol/L]/18 + BUN/2.8
In healthy individuals, Calculated equals Measured osmolality
Abnormal is > 10; indicating there exists an abnormal concentration of unmeasured substances.


What is the cause of Colloidal Osmotic Pressure (Oncotic Pressure)?

• A measurement of the osmolal pressure contributed by crystalloids or ions.
• Colloid Osmotic Pressure
Useful in determining pulmonary edema
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary (COP) measurements can correlate with xrays


Hypothalamus action and what inactivates it

Vasopressin (ADH) from the hypothalamus stimulates renal reabsorption of water. (Ineffective ADH is due to diabetes insipidus)


Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system

Regulates the body sodium and water content, arterial blood pressure and potassium balance.


Natriuretic peptides

Compounds that have a reciprocal effect to the Renin- angiotensin-aldosterone system.


Anion Gap Evaluations Show

Blood: May indicate a lab error or unmeasured ions in unusual concentrations. (always +, - indicates lab error)
Urine: significant in acid-base disorders; negative may indicate excess NH4+, positive may mean acidosis with the retention of bicarbonate and release of other anions


Indication of Elevated Anion Gap Values

Increase: anions will increase (ethanol, Ketones, Lactic Acid), cations will decrease (Mg, Ca)
Decrease: anions decrease (albumin), increased cations (Mg, Ca, Lithium); this could be caused by Hemodilution



High Sodium
Excessive retention of Sodium or insufficient water due to loss or edema
• Hyperaldosteronism due to adrenal or pituitary tumors or hyperplasia (Cushings syndrome)
• Diabetes insipidus (lack of effective ADH),
• Excessive salt ingestions or infusion.
• Response to insulin therapy,
• Dehydration, diarrheas, renal disorders



Low Sodium
• Cancer chemotherapy
• Metabolic (Diabetic) acidosis
• Prolonged diarrhea
• Deficient renal tubular reabsorption
• Adrenal cortical insufficiency (lack of aldosterone synthesis as in Addison’s disease)
• Excess antidiurectic hormone (ADH) secretion
• Water intoxication


Potassium Transport

Difference between the concentrations of potassium in compartments is the result of the active transport of potassium into the cells in exchange for sodium.
Insulin, aldosterone & alkalosis enhance potassium transport into the cell
Decrease potassium intracellular transport or enhance leakage can be due to acidosis, alpha- adrenergic stimulation and tissue hypoxia


Potassium Intake and Output

Intake: diet
Output: GI tract, Skin, Kidneys (urine)



Low Potassium
• After insulin injections
• extracellular to intracellular K+ shift
• diuretic therapy w/o potassium replacement, laxative abuse, fasting, profuse sweating
• hyperaldosteronism (Cushing syndrome) as sodium is being retained by the kidney and K is lost instead
• Alkalosis as cells are exporting H as a response and K is being retained
• Licorice ingesting, Fanconi’s Syndrome (tubular acidosis)



Intra to extracellular shift due to: tissue injury (burns), (Diabetic) acidosis, (Intravascular) hemolysis, low renal excretions (low GFR as in SLE, aldosterone deficiency (Addison's), insulin deficiency, drug effects)


Chloride Intake, Output, and Transport

• Major anion in the extracellular space.
Intake parallels sodium intake
Output occurs via GI, skin and kidney.
• Cl is passively distributed across the cell membrane (caused by the electrical potential difference across the cell. The inside of the cell is negative compared to the outside, Cl- outside the cell will be higher)


Sweat Chloride testing for Cystic Fibrosis

When excessive Cl concentrations are obtained by iontophoresis using pilocarpine to induce sweating.
Sweat composition of chloride is about 40mEq/L. The concentration of both Cl and Na in sweat is decreased by aldosterone.


Chloride Depletion

Metabolic alkalosis is caused when Cl depletion is due to loss of gastric fluid, can be associated with bicarbonate retention caused during renal compensation for chronic respiratory acidosis from diabetes or chronic pyelonephritis. Can also be due to prolonged vomiting and Aldosterone deficiency.


Chloride Interaction with Acid/Base System

• One of the two major extracellular anions (Cl- and HCO3-)
• Bicarbonate is consumed by reaction with H+ produced in metabolic acidosis.
If there were no anions produced with H+, Cl- is needed to replace the consumed bicarbonate to maintain electrical neutrality.
The increase in Cl- is caused by the reabsorption of greater proportion of Na+ with Cl- than with HCO3- in the tubules of the kidney
Diarrhea causes excessive Bicarb. loss, Renal tubular acidosis and adrenalcortical malfunction cause hightened Cl- levels


Bicarbonate ion (HCO3-) in acid /base balance

Bicarbonate is consumed by reaction with H+ produced in metabolic acidosis.


Henderson-Hasselbalch Equation

pH = pK'+ log [HCO3-]/[H2CO3]

pK' of pCO2 is 6.1

H2CO3 = cdCO2 = PCO2 x alpha
Alpha= 0.03 mmol/L per mm Hg


What regulates osmolality and how does it do this?

The Hypothalamus regulates osmolality by stimulating thirst and stimulating the Posterior Pituitary to secrete ADH (causing renal reabsorbtion of water)


What are the main electrolytes measured with Blood Gases?

Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, and total Carbon Dioxide