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Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balance. Chapter 26. Body Water Content. Varies with weight, age, and sex: Early embryo (97%) Newborn (77%) Adult male (60%) Adult female (54%) Elderly (45%) Adipose tissue versus skeletal muscle largely determines adult differences.

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Fluid electrolyte and acid base balance

Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Balance

Chapter 26


Body water content

Body Water Content

  • Varies with weight, age, and sex:

    • Early embryo (97%)

    • Newborn (77%)

    • Adult male (60%)

    • Adult female (54%)

    • Elderly (45%)

  • Adipose tissue versus skeletal muscle largely determines adult differences.


  • Body fluids and compartments

    Body Fluids and Compartments


    Composition of body fluids

    Composition of Body Fluids

    • Electrolytes

      • Cations: sodium, potassium, hydrogen, magnesium, and calcium

      • Anions: chloride, bicarbonate, phosphate, and sulfate

    • Non-electrolytes

      • Glucose

      • Urea

      • Protein

      • Lipids

      • Creatinine


    Comparison of compartments

    Comparison of Compartments


    Fluid movement between compartments

    Fluid Movement Between Compartments


    Fluid movements

    Fluid Movements

    Exchange between blood and interstitial spaces


    Fluid movements1

    Fluid Movements

    Exchange between extracellular fluids and cells


    Water balance

    WaterBalance


    Regulation of water intake

    Regulation of Water Intake


    Regulation of water output

    Regulation of Water Output

    • Obligatory Water Losses

      • Skin and lungs

      • Urine and feces

    • Fluid intake

    • Diet

    • Levels of Anti-diuretic hormone (ADH)


    Regulation of water output1

    Regulation of Water Output


    Disturbances in water balance

    Disturbances in Water Balance

    • Dehydration

    • Hypotonic hydration

    • Edema


    Electrolyte balance

    Electrolyte Balance

    Regulation of Sodium Balance

    Regulation of Potassium Balance

    Regulation of Calcium and Phosphate Balance

    Regulation of Magnesium Balance

    Regulation of Anions


    Regulation of sodium by aldosterone

    Regulation of SodiumBy Aldosterone


    Regulation of sodium by anp

    Regulation of Sodium By ANP


    Regulation of sodium by baroreceptors

    Regulation of SodiumBy Baroreceptors


    Regulation of sodium

    Regulation of Sodium

    • Aldosterone

    • ANP

    • Baroreceptors

    • Other hormones:

      • Estrogen=enhances Na+ reabsorption

      • Progesterone=decreases Na+ reabsorption

      • Glucocorticoids=enhances Na+ reabsorption


    Fluid electrolyte and acid base balance

    • 75-80% of sodium (NaCl) in renal filtrate is reabsorbed in proximal tubules of kidneys.

    • Aldosterone aids in actively reabsorbing remaining Na+Cl- in distal convoluted tubule/collecting tubule by increasing tubule permeability; therefore aldosterone promotes both sodium and water retention

    • Mechanism:

      • increase in K or decease in Na in blood plasma renin-angiotensin Mechanism

      • stimulates adrenal cortex to release aldosterone

      • aldosterone targeted towards the kidney tubules

      • increase in Na reabsorption increase in K secretion

      • restores homeostatic plasma levels of Na and K


    Fluid electrolyte and acid base balance

    • Influences on aldosterone synthesis and release:

      • Elevated potassium levels in ECF directly stimulates adrenal cells to secrete aldosterone

      • Juxtaglomerular apparatus of renal tubes release renin in response to:

        • decreased stretch (due to decrease in blood pressure)

        • decreased filtrate osmolarity

        • sympathetic nervous system stimulation

          Cardiovascular system

    • As blood volume (and pressure) rises, the baroreceptors in the heart and in the large vessels of the neck and thorax (carotid arteries and aorta) communicate to the hypothalamus

    • Sympathetic nervous system impulses to kidneys decrease, allowing afferent arterioles to dilate; as the glomerular filtration rate rises, sodium and water output increases (causing pressure diuresis)

    • Reduced blood volume and pressure results


    Fluid electrolyte and acid base balance

    • Influence of ADH

    • Amount of water reabsorbed in the distal segments of the kidney tubules is proportional to ADH release (increase in ADH secretion = increase in water resorption)

    • Osmoreceptors of the hypothalamus sense the ECF solute concentrations and trigger or inhibit ADH release from the pituitary

    • Mechanism:

      • decrease in sodium concentration in plasma (decreased osmolarity)

      • stimulates osmoreceptors in hypothalamus

      • stimulates posterior pituitary to release ADH

      • ADH targeted toward distal and collecting tubules of kidney

      • the effect is increased water resorption

      • plasma volume increases, osmolarity decreases

      • scant urine produced


    Fluid electrolyte and acid base balance

    Influence of atrial natriuretic factor (ANF)

    Reduces blood pressure and blood volume by inhibiting nearly all events that promote vasoconstriction and sodium and water retention


    Regulation of potassium

    Regulation of Potassium

    The regulatory site of potassium is in the renal tubules

    Influence of aldosterone

    Influence of plasma potassium concentrations


    Fluid electrolyte and acid base balance

    • Regulation of Potassium Balance

    • Potassium is the chief intracellular cation

    • Relative intracellular-extracellular potassium concentrations directly affects a cell's resting membrane potential, therefore a slight change on either side of the membrane has profound effects (ie. on neurons and muscle fibers)

    • Potassium is part of the body's buffer system, which resists changes in pH of body fluids; ECF potassium levels rise with acidosis (decrease pH) as potassium leave cells and fall with alkalosis (increase pH) as potassium moves into cells

    • Potassium balance is maintained primarily by renal mechanisms

    • Potassium reabsorption from the filtrate is constant - 10-15% is lost in urine regardless of need; because potassium content of ECF is low (compared to sodium concentration), potassium balance is accomplished by changing amount of potassium secreted into the filtrate; therefore regulated by collecting tubules


    Regulation of calcium

    Regulation of Calcium

    • Influence of Parathyroid Hormone

    • Influence of Calcitonin


    Fluid electrolyte and acid base balance

    Regulation of Calcium Balance

    • 99% of calcium found in bones as an apatite

    • Calcium needed for blood clotting, nerve transmission, enzyme activation, etc...

    • Calcium ion concentration is regulated by interaction of two hormones: parathyroid hormone and calcitonin

    • Calcium ion homeostasis: effects of PTH and calcitonin

      • PTH - released by the parathyroid cells, promotes increase in calcium levels by targeting...

        • bones - PTH activates osteoclasts, which breakdown the matrix

        • small intestines - PTH enhances intestinal absorption of calcium ions indirectly by stimulating the kidneys to transform vitamin D to its active form which is a necessary cofactor for calcium absorption

        • Kidneys - PTH increases calcium reabsorption by renal tubes while simultaneously decreasing phosphate ion reabsorption

      • Calcitonin - targets bone to encourage deposition of calcium salts and inhibits bone reabsorption (therefore an antagonist of PTH


    Regulation of phosphate

    Regulation of Phosphate

    • Influence of Parathyroid Hormone

      • Decreases plasma phosphate concentrations while increasing calcium concentrations

    • Influence of Calcitonin

      • Increases plasma phosphate concentration while decreasing calcium concentrations


    Regulation of magnesium balance and anions

    Regulation of Magnesium Balance and Anions

    • Magnesium

      • PTH increases plasma magnesium concentrations by causing a decrease in the amount of magnesium excreted by the kidneys

    • Anions

      • Chloride is indirectly increased by Aldosterone because it passively follows sodium


    Acid base balances

    Acid-Base Balances


    Strong acids versus weak acids

    Strong Acids versus Weak Acids


    Abnormalities in acid base balance

    Abnormalities in Acid-Base Balance

    • Respiratory acidosis

      • Increased CO2=increased H+=decreased pH

      • Hypoventilation

      • To compensate: increase excretion of H+ or by increased reabsorption of HCO3-

  • Respiratory alkalosis

    • Decreased CO2=decreased H+=increased pH

    • Hyperventilation

    • To compensate: decreased H+ excretion or by decreased reabsorption of HCO3-


  • Abnormalities in acid base balance1

    Abnormalities in Acid-Base Balance

    • Metabolic acidosis

      • Decreased HCO3-=increased H+=decreased pH

      • Diarrhea, ketosis, renal dysfunction

      • Hyperventilation

  • Metabolic alkalosis

    • Increased HCO3-=decreased H+=increased pH

    • Vomiting, diuretics, alkaline drug use

    • Hypoventilation


  • Chemical buffers

    Chemical Buffers

    Three Types:

    Bicarbonate Buffers

    Phosphate Buffers

    Protein Buffers


    Bicarbonate buffers

    Bicarbonate Buffers

    • Major extracellular buffering system

    • HCO3- functions as a weak base while H2CO3 functions as a weak acid.

    • Example:

      HCl + NaHCO3- H2CO3 + NaCl


    Phosphate buffers

    Phosphate Buffers

    • Important in urine and intracellular buffering systems

    • However NaH2PO4 acts as the weak acid and Na2HPO4 serves as the weak base.

    • Example:

      HCl + Na2HPO4NaH2PO4 + NaCl


    Protein buffers

    Protein Buffers

    Most abundant buffering system in the body including intracellular and extracellular compartments.

    Carboxyl groups (COOH) and amine groups (NH3) act as either an acid or a base respectively.


    Physiological buffers

    Physiological Buffers

    Two Types:

    Respiratory Buffering System

    Renal Buffering System


    Physiological buffer systems

    Physiological Buffer Systems

    • Respiratory System

      • Rising plasma H+ causes deeper, rapid breathing which decreases CO2 blood thereby decreasing H+ ions.


    Physiological buffer systems1

    Physiological Buffer Systems

    • RenalSystem

      • To counteract acidosis, H+ is secreted into the renal tubules and excreted in urine or NH4+ is excreted rather than reabsorbed.

      • To counteract alkalosis, bicarbonate ions are secreted into the filtrate and H+ is reabsorbed.


    Recall tubular reabsorption and secretion of ions

    Recall Tubular Reabsorption and Secretion of Ions


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