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Characterization of HCO3-/CO2 pool sizes and kinetics in infants.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Pediatric research
Publication Date
Volume
19
Issue
4
Pages
358–363
Identifiers
PMID: 2987782
Source
Medline

Abstract

The first bicarbonate pool sizes and kinetic data necessary for the interpretation of substrate oxidation studies have been determined in six fed, nonacidotic infants, ages 2.5 to 5 months. Following an intravenous bolus of NaH13CO3 (50 mumol/kg), breath samples were collected over 240 min for the analysis of breath 13CO2. Each breath 13CO2 disappearance curve was fitted to a multicompartmental bicarbonate model previously derived in adults. The mean sizes of the three bicarbonate pools were: 7.4 +/- 0.8 mmol/kg (central pool), 15.1 +/- 4.8 mmol/kg (rapidly exchanging peripheral pool), and 8.8 +/- 3.5 mmol/kg (slowly exchanging peripheral pool). The mean percentage dose recovery was 57 +/- 10%. The pool sizes suggested that extensive metabolic exchange of carbon between HCO3- and organic metabolites occurred in the infant.

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