Hyperventilation with hypoproteinemia.

  title={Hyperventilation with hypoproteinemia.},
  author={Thomas Rossing and Daniel Boixeda and Nick Maffeo and V Fencl},
  journal={The Journal of laboratory and clinical medicine},
  volume={112 5},
Hypoproteinemia by itself produces a metabolic alkalosis. It is not clear whether a respiratory compensation (hypercapnia) develops with this alkalosis; patients with liver cirrhosis, most of them with hypoproteinemia, are known to hyperventilate. We studied 23 clinically stable patients with hypoproteinemia, with very low albumin-to-globulin ratios (range 0.4 to 1.1), who had either liver cirrhosis (n = 12) or other medical conditions (n = 11). In both groups, there was marked hypocapnia… CONTINUE READING