Key messages

• Hyperventilation, manifested by hypocarbia, is very common in any kind of acute bronchial and/or lung disorder.

• The prognosis of the acid-base disorder depends strongly on its underlying cause.

• The main issues are the magnitude of the alkalemia and whether the actual disorder is acute or chronic.

• Respiratory alkalosis becomes life threatening when blood pH exceeds 7.55, and very life threatening when it exceeds 7.70, inducing seizures, coma, and cardiac arrest.

• When metabolic acidosis is corrected rapidly, superimposed respiratory and metabolic alkalosis occur.

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