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1 CLINICAL CHEMISTRY ELECTROLYTES 1

2 Introduction –This chapter is largely about the water and electrolytes ( salts )in your plasma and how the body manages to keep you from drying up and blowing away even if you are in the hot Texas sun and without liquid drink. 2

3 Chapter KEY TERMS Anion Anion Gap Cation Active transport Diffusion Electrolyte Osmolality Polydipsia Tetany ADH Hypothalamus Gland Renin - Angiotensin - Aldosterone System Hyper / Hypo … natremia, kalemia, calcemia Parathyroid Hormone ( PTH ) Acidosis / Alkalosis Calcitonin Ion Selective Electrode Na = Sodium K = Potassium Cl = Chloride CO2 = Carbon Dioxide Ca = Calcium Mg = Magnesium PO4 = Phosphate 3

4 General Objectives Define the key terms Discuss the factors that regulate each of the electrolytes Discuss the physiological functions and clinical significance of each of the electrolytes Discuss ISE and Osmometers 4

5 Electrolytes – Substances whose molecules dissociate into ions when they are placed in water. –CATIONS (+) ANIONS (-) Medically significant / routinely ordered electrolytes include: –sodium (Na) –potassium (K) –chloride (Cl) –and CO2 (in its ion form = HCO3- ) 5

6 Electrolyte Functions Volume and osmotic regulation Myocardial rhythm and contractility Cofactors in enzyme activation Regulation of ATPase ion pumps Acid-base balance Blood coagulation Neuromuscular excitability Production of ATP from glucose 6

7 Electrolytes General dietary requirements –Most need to be consumed only in small amounts as utilized –Excessive intake leads to increased excretion via kidneys –Excessive loss may result in need for corrective therapy loss due to vomiting / diarrhea; therapy required - IV replacement, Pedilyte, etc. 7

8 Electrolytes Water (the diluent for all electrolytes) constitutes 40- 70% of total body and is distributed: –Intracellular – inside cells 2/3 of body water (ICW) –Extracellular – outside cells 1/3 of body water –Intravascular – plasma 93% water »Intrastitial -surrounds the cells in tissue (ISF) 8

9 Electrolytes 9

10 Ions exist in all of these fluids, but the concentration varies depending on individual ion and compartment The body uses active and passive transport principles to keep water and ion concentration in place 10

11 Electrolytes Sodium has a pulling effect on water –Na affects extracellular fluids (plasma & interstitial) equally. –However, because there is considerably more Na outside cells than inside, the water is pulled out of cells into the extracellular fluid. –Na determines osmotic pressure of extracellular fluid. 11

12 Electrolytes Proteins (especially albumin) inside the capillaries strongly pulls/keeps water inside the vascular system –Albumin provides oncotic pressure. –By keeping Na & albumin in their place, the body is able to regulate its hydration. When there is a disturbance in osmolality, – the body responds by regulating water intake, – not by changing electrolyte balance 12

13 Electrolytes Laboratory assessment of body hydration is often by determination of osmolality and specific gravity of urine 13

14 Electrolytes Osmolality - Physical property of a solution based on solute concentration –Water concentration is regulated by thirst and urine output –Thirst and urine production are regulated by plasma osmolality 14

15 Electrolytes Osmolality -  osmolality stimulates two responses that regulate water –Hypothalamus stimulates the sensation of thirst –Posterior pituitary secrets ADH ( ADH increases H 2 O re-absorption by renal collection ducts ) In both cases, plasma water increases 15

16 Electrolytes Osmolality –concentration of solute / kg –reported as mOsm / kg another term: –Osmolarity - mOsm / L - not often used 16

17 Electrolytes Determination –2 methods or principles to determine osmolality Freezing point depression – (the preferred method) Vapor pressure depression –Also called ‘dewpoint’ 17

18 Specimen Collection Serum Urine Plasma not recommended due to osmotically active substances that can be introduced into sample Samples should be free of particulate matter..no turbid samples, must centrifuge 18

19 Electrolytes Calculated osmolality –uses glucose, BUN, & Na values –(Plasma Sodium accounts for 90 % of plasma osmolality) Formula: –1.86 (Na) + glucose∕18 + BUN∕2.8 = calculated osmolality Osmolal gap = difference between calculated and determined osmolatity –Should be less than 10-15 units difference (measured – calculated = 10 to 15) 19

20 Electrolytes Increase in the difference between measured and calculated –would indicate presence of osmo active substances such as possibly alcohol - ethanol, methanol, or ethylene glycol or other substance.  Osmolality are concerns for –Infants –Unconscious patients –Elderly 20

21 Electrolytes Decreased osmolality –Diabetes insipidus ADH deficiency Because they have little / no water re- absorption, produce 10 – 20 liters of urine per day 21

22 Electrolytes Osmolality normal values –Serum – 275-295 mOsm/Kgm –24 hour urine – 300-900 mOsm/Kgm –urine/serum ratio – 1.0-3.0 –Osmolal gap < 10-15 mOsm (depending on author) 22

23 Electrolytes Classifications of ions - by their charge –Cations – have a positive charge - in an electrical field, (move toward the cathode) Na+ = most abundant extracellular cation K+ = most abundant intracellular cation 23

24 Electrolytes –Anions – have a negative charge - move toward the anode Cl– (1st) most abundant extracellular anion HCO –3 – (bicarbonate) second most abundant extracellular anion 24

25 Electrolytes Phosphate is sometimes discussed as an electrolyte, sometimes as a mineral. –HPO -2 4 / H 2 PO - 4 –when body pH is normal, HPO -2 4 is the usual form (@ 80 % of time) 25

26 Electrolyte Summary cations (+) Na 142 K 5 Ca 5 Mg 2 154 mEq/L anions (-) Cl 105 HCO3- 24 HPO4-22 SO4-21 organic acids 6 proteins 16 » 154 mEq/L 26

27 Routinely measured electrolytes Sodium – –the major cation of extracellular fluid outside cells –Most abundant (90 %) extracellular cation –Functions - recall influence on regulation of body water Osmotic activity - sodium determines osmotic activity (Main contributor to plasma osmolality) Neuromuscular excitability - extremes in concentration can result in neuromuscular symptoms 27

28 Routinely measured electrolytes Diet - sodium is easily absorbed Na-K ATP-ase Pump – pumps Na out and K into cells Without this active transport pump, the cells would fill with Na and subsequent osmotic pressure would rupture the cells 28

29 Regulation of Sodium Concentration depends on: – intake of water in response to thirst –excretion of water due to blood volume or osmolality changes Renal regulation of sodium –Kidneys can conserve or excrete Na+ depending on ECF and blood volume by aldosterone and the renin-angiotensin system –this system will stimulate the adrenal cortex to secrete aldosterone. 29

30 Sodium (Na) Aldosterone –From the (adrenal cortex) –Functions promote excretion of K in exchange for reabsorption of Na 30

31 Sodium (Na) Sodium normal values –Serum – 135-148 mEq/L –Urine (24 hour collection) – 40-220 mEq/L 31

32 Sodium (Na) Urine testing & calculation: –1st. Because levels are often increased, a dilution of the urine specimen is usually required. –Then the result from the instrument (mEq/L or mmol/L) X # L in 24 hr. 32

33 Clinical Features: Sodium Hyponatremia: < 135 mmol/L –Increased Na+ loss Aldosterone deficiency –Addison’s disease (hypo-adrenalism, result in ➷ aldosterone) Diabetes mellitus –In acidosis of diabetes, Na is excreted with ketones Potassium depletion –K normally excreted, if none, then Na Loss of gastric contents 33

34 Hyponatremia Increased water retention –Dilution of serum/plasma Na+ –excretion of > 20 mmol /mEq urine sodium) Renal failure Nephrotic syndrome Water imbalance –Excess water intake –Chronic condition 34

35 Hypernatremia Excess water loss resulting in dehydration (relative increase) –Sweating –Diarrhea –Burns –Dehydration from inadequate water intake, including thirst mechanism problems –Diabetes insipidus (ADH deficiency …  H 2 O loss ) 35

36 Hypernatremia Excessive IV therapy comatose diabetics following treatment with insulin. Some Na in the cells is kicked out as it is replaced with potassium. –Cushing's syndrome - opposite of Addison’s 36

37 Specimen Collection: Sodium (Na) serum (sl hemolysis is OK, but not gross) heparinized plasma timed urine sweat GI fluids liquid feces (would be only time of excessive loss) 37

38 Sodium (Na) Note: Increased lipids or proteins may cause false decrease in results. artifactual/pseudo-hyponatremia 38

39 Sodium (Na) Sodium determination –Ion-selective (specific) electrode Membrane composition = lithium aluminum silicate glass Semi-permeable membrane allows sodium ions to cross 300X faster than potassium and is insensitive to hydrogen ions. direct measurement – where specimen is not diluted – gives the truest results –systems that dilute the sample give lower results (called dilutional effect) 39

40 Sodium (Na) –Flame emission spectrophotometry (flame photometer) Na emits λ 589 nm (yellow) Use internal standard of lithium or cesium Possible for a dilutional error to occur in some flame photometer systems, but literature does not dwell on it. 40

41 Routinely measured electrolytes Potassium (K) –the major cation of intracellular fluid Only 2 % of potassium is in the plasma Potassium concentration inside cells is 20 X greater than it is outside. This is maintained by the Na pump, (exchanges 3 Na for 1 K) 41

42 Potassium (K) Function – critically important to the functions of neuromuscular cells –Critical for the control of heart muscle contraction! ↑ potassium promotes muscular excitability ↓ potassium decreases excitability (paralysis and arrhythmias) 42

43 Potassium (K) Regulation –Diet easily consumed (bananas etc.) –Kidneys Kidneys - responsible for regulation. Potassium is readily excreted, but gets reabsorbed in the proximal tubule - under the control of ALDOSTERONE 43

44 Potassium (K) Potassium normal values –Serum (adults) – 3.5 - 5.3 mEq/L –Newborns slightly higher – 3.7 - 5.9 mEq/L –Urine (24 hour collection) – 25 - 125 mEq/L 44

45 Hypokalemia Decrease in K concentration Effects neuromuscular weakness & cardiac arrhythmia 45

46 Causes of hypokalemia –Excessive fluid loss ( diarrhea, vomiting, diuretics ) – ↑ Aldosterone promote Na reabsorption … K is excreted in its place (Cushing’s syndrome = hyper aldosterone) –Insulin IVs promote rapid cellular potassium uptake 46

47 Causes of hypokalemia Increased plasma pH ( decreased Hydrogen ion ) 47 K + moves into RBCs to preserve electrical balance, causing plasma potassium to decrease. ( Sodium also shows a slight decrease ) H+H+ K+K+ RBC

48 Hyperkalemia Increased K concentration Causes –IV’S or other increased intake –Renal disease – impaired excretion –Acidosis (Diabetes mellitus ) H+ competes with K+ to get into cells & to be excreted by kidneys Decreased insulin promotes cellular K loss Hyperosomolar plasma (from ↑ glucose) pulls H 2 O and potassium into the plasma 48

49 Hyperkalemia Causes –Tissue breakdown ( RBC hemolysis ) –Addison’s - hypo- adrenal; hypo- aldosterone 49

50 Specimen Collection:Potassium Non-hemolyzed serum heparinized plasma 24 hr urine. 50

51 Potassium (K) Determination –Ion-selective electrode (valinomycin membrane) insensitive to H+, & prefers K+ 1000 X over Na+ –Flame photometry - K λ 766 nm 51

52 Chloride ( Cl - ) Chloride - the major anion of extracellular fluid –Chloride moves passively with Na + or against HCO 3 - to maintain neutral electrical charge –Chloride usually follows Na (if one is abnormal, so is the other) –Function - not completely known body hydration osmotic pressure electrical neutrality & other functions 52

53 Chloride ( Cl - ) Regulation via diet and kidneys –In the kidney, Cl is reabsorbed in the renal proximal tubules, along with sodium. –Deficiencies of either one limits the reabsorption of the other. 53

54 Chloride ( Cl - ) Normal values –Serum – 100 -110 mEq/L –24 hour urine – 110-250 mEq/L varies with intake –CSF – 120-132 mEq/L 54

55 Hypochloremia Decreased serum Cl –loss of gastric HCl –salt loosing renal diseases –metabolic alkalosis; – increased HCO3- & decreased Cl- 55

56 Hyperchloremia Increased serum Cl – dehydration (relative increase) – excessive intake (IV) – congestive heart failure – renal tubular disease – metabolic acidosis – decreased HCO3- & increased Cl- 56

57 Specimen Collection: Chloride Serum heparinized plasma 24 hr urine sweat 57

58 Chloride ( Cl - ) Determination –Amperometric/Coulometric titration –involves titration with silver ions. 58

59 Chloride ( Cl - ) Mercurimetric titration of Schales and Schales –Precipitate protein out - 1 st step –Titrate using solution of mercury Hg +2 + 2 Cl- = HgCl2 –When all chloride is removed, next drop of mercury will complex with diphenylcarbazone indicator to produce violet color = endpoint a calculation required to determine amt of Cl present by the amt of Hg used 59

60 Chloride ( Cl - ) Colorimetric –Procedure suitable for automation –Chloride complexes with mercuric thiocyanate –forms a reddish color proportional to amt of Cl in the specimen. 60

61 Chloride ( Cl - ) Sweat chloride – –Remember, need fresh sweat to accurately measure true Cl concentration. –Testing purpose - to ID cystic fibrosis patients by the increased salt concentration in their sweat. Pilocarpine iontophoresis –Pilocarpine = the chemical used to stimulate the sweat production –Iontophoresis = mild electrical current that simulates sweat production 61

62 Chloride ( Cl - ) CSF chloride – NV = 120 - 132 mEq/L (higher than serum) –Often CSF Cl is decreased when CSF protein is increased, as often occurs in bacterial meningitis. 62

63 bicarbonate ion (HCO 3 - ) Carbon dioxide/bicarbonate – –* the major anion of intracellular fluid –2 nd most important anion (2 nd to Cl) Note: most abundant intra-cellular anion 2 nd most abundant extra-cellular anion 63

64 bicarbonate ion (HCO 3 - ) Total plasma CO 2 = HCO 3 - + H 2 CO 3 - + CO 2 –HCO 3 - (carbonate ion) accounts for 90% of total plasma CO 2 –H 2 CO 3 - carbonic acid (bicarbonate) 64

65 bicarbonate ion (HCO 3 - ) Regulation: –Bicarbonate is regulated by secretion / reabsorption of the renal tubules –Acidosis : ↓ renal excretion –Alkalosis : ↑ renal excretion 65

66 bicarbonate ion (HCO 3 - ) Kidney regulation requires the enzyme carbonic anhydrase - which is present in renal tubular cells & RBCscarbonic anhydrase Reaction: CO2 + H2O ⇋ H2CO3 → H+ + HCO–3 66

67 bicarbonate ion (HCO 3 - ) CO 2 Transport forms –8% dissolved in plasma dissolved CO2 –27% carbamino compounds C02 bound to hemoglobin –65% bicarbonate ion HCO3- - carbonate ion 67

68 bicarbonate ion (HCO 3 - ) Normal values –Total Carbon dioxide (venous) – @ 22- 30 mmol/L includes bicarb, dissolved & undissociated H2CO3 - carbonic acid (bicarbonate) –Bicarbonate ion (HCO3–) – 22-26 mEq/L 68

69 bicarbonate ion (HCO 3 - ) Function – – CO2 is a waste product –continuously produced as a result of cell metabolism, –the ability of the bicarbonate ion to accept a hydrogen ion makes it an efficient and effective means of buffering body pH –dominant buffering system of plasma –makes up @ 95% of the buffering capacity of plasma 69

70 bicarbonate ion (HCO 3 - ) Significance –The bicarbonate ion (HCO–3) is the body's major base substance –Determining its concentration provides information concerning metabolic acid/base 70

71 bicarbonate ion (HCO 3 - ) CO2 /bicarb Determination –Specimen can be heparinized plasma, arterial whole blood or fresh serum. Anaerobic collection preferred. methods Ion selective electrodes Colorimetric Calculated from pH and PCO2 values Measurement of liberated gas 71

72 Electrolyte balance Anion gap – an estimate of the unmeasured anion concentrations such as sulfate, phosphate, and various organic acids. 72

73 Electrolyte balance Calculations –1. Na - (Cl + CO2 or HCO3-) = –NV 8-12 mEq/L –Or –2. (Na + K) - (Cl + CO2 or HCO3-) NV 7-14 mEq/L which one to use may depend on whether K value is available. Some authors feel that K value is so small and usually varies little, that it is not worth including into the formula. 73

74 Electrolyte balance Causes in normal patients –what causes the anion gap? –2/3 plasma proteins & 1/3 phosphate& sulfate ions, along with organic acids Increased AG – –uncontrolled diabetes (due to lactic & keto acids) –severe renal disorders Decreased AG - –a decrease AG is rare, more often it occurs when one test/instrument error 74

75 Normal Ranges SODIUM 135 – 145mEq/L POTASSIUM 3.5 – 5.0mEq/L CHLORIDE 100 – 110mEq/L CO 2 20 – 30 mEq/L ANION GAP 10 - 20 meq / L PLASMA OSMOALITY 275 - 295mOsmol / kg CALCIUM 8.5 – 10.0 mg/dL IONIZED Ca 4.5 – 5.5mg/dL MAGNESIUM 1.2 – 2.1 mEq/L PHOSPHATE 2.5 – 4.5 mg/dL LACTATE 0.5 – 17.0 mgl/dl 75

76 ELECTROYTE TOP 10  Osmolality is detected by the Hypothalamus Gland Thirst sensation and secretion of ADH by Posterior Pituitary Gland. ADH increases renal reabsorption of water  Blood Volume stimulates Renin - Angiotensin - Aldosterone system. Aldosterone secretion by the Adrenal Cortex stimulates increased renal absorption of sodium Sodium is the main extracellular cation and contributor to plasma osmolality Potassium is the main intracellular cation Plasma “CO 2 ” = Dissolved CO 2 + H 2 CO 3 + HCO 3 -Plasma “CO 2 ” = Dissolved CO 2 + H 2 CO 3 + HCO 3 - Chloride is usually a passive follower of Sodium to maintain electrical chargeChloride is usually a passive follower of Sodium to maintain electrical charge Sodium and Potassium usually move opposite each otherSodium and Potassium usually move opposite each other secretion, and decreases phosphateParathyroid Hormone ( PTH ) secretion increases plasma calcium, increases plasma magnesium and decreases phosphate Acidosis is associated with  Potassium ( Alkalosis with  Potassium ) Most electrolytes are measured by Ion Selective Electrodes ( ISE ) 76

77 Electrolyte Links 77 http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002350.htm http://www.thirdage.com/health/adam/ency/article/002350.htm


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