A 28-year-old man has been sick with the flu for the past week, vomiting several times every day. He is having a difficult time keeping solids and liquids down, and has become severely dehydrated. After fainting at work, he was taken to a walk-in clinic, where an IV was placed to help rehydrate him. Arterial blood was drawn first, revealing the following:
pH = 7.5, pCO2 = 50 mmHg, [HCO3] = 32 meq/ liter
What is your diagnosis based on these results?
compensated metabolic alkalosis