Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Blood: biochemistry - bicarbonate

Synonym(s): HCO3

Contributor(s): Annalisa Barrelet, Kathleen P Freeman

Overview

  • With blood gas analysis and other electrolytes to determine acid/base status.

Sampling

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Tests

Methodologies

  • Measures total carbon dioxide released when sample mixed with a strong acid.

Availability

  • Widely available.

Technique (intrinsic) limitations

  • Test results only significant in conjunction with other laboratory results and clinical findings.
  • Artifactual increases may be present with severe rhabdomyolysis (interference by pyruvate and lactate dehydrogenase).

Result Data

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Collins N D, LeRoy B E & Vap L (1998)Artifactually increased serum bicarbonate values in two horses and a calf with severe rhabdomyolosis. Vet Clin Pathol27(3), 85-92.

Other sources of information

  • Kaneko J J, Harvey J W & Bruss M L (1997) Eds Clinical Biochemistry of Domestic Animals.5th edn. Academic Press, Boston.

Organisation(s)

  • Veterinary commercial laboratories, State diagnostic laboratories or Veterinary College laboratories.


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