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Metaboic alkalosis children

Robert J van Thiel, Sofie R Koopman, Johanna J M Takkenberg, Arend Derk Jan Ten Harkel, Ad J J C Bogers
OBJECTIVE: To determine occurrence, causes and associated mortality of postoperative metabolic alkalosis in pediatric cardiac surgery. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed clinical and biochemical variables of 186 consecutive cardiac operations other than ductal ligations on children less than 2 years old during the years 1999 and 2000. Metabolic alkalosis was defined as a pH>7.48 corrected for PCO2, with a base excess > or =5 on two or more consecutive measurements during an 8h period...
August 2005: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
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