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December 6, 1965

The Value of Complete Knowledge of Acid-Base Derangement in Pulmonary Insufficiency

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Medicine, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minn.

JAMA. 1965;194(10):1049-1052. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090230017004

The Astrup technique was used in the management of the acid-base abnormalities in four cases of pulmonary disease and in 20 cases of cor pulmonale in which arterial carbon dioxide pressure was increased, indicating severe respiratory acidosis. A complete knowledge of the acid-base alterations in pulmonary insufficiency is mandatory for the overall management of patients with pulmonary disease. The Astrup technique of determining acid-base alterations is dependable, rapid, and accurate.