1. There is a marked fall in the CO₂ combining power
of the blood plasma in states of uraemia as
estimated by the Van Slyke apparatus.
2. Relative normal in Chronic Interstitial Nephritis
where there is no clinical evidence of uraemia.
3. If the CO₂ combining power reading of the blood
plasma remains high then less likelihood of
4. Suggested early treatment of uraemia before definite
clinical signs of this condition appear
if one finds the reading of the CO₂ combining
power commencing to fall.
5. Patient is more likely to die suddenly of cerebral
haemorrhage than go into uraemic coma if the
CO₂ combining power reading remains high. It is in cases of high blood pressures:- all the
cases I have mentioned had relatively high
6. CO₂ combining power reading of the blood plasma is
of useful diagnostic value in comatose or semi-comatose patients. If the CO₂ combining power
reading is high then less likelihood of patient
being in uraemic coma,
7. If CO₂ combining,power reading is low in an unconscious
patient and after examination of urine
no sugar is found, the patient is likely to be
in uraemic coma.
8. Findings are not so low in this short series of
cases as others have found (i.e. the CO₂ combining
power readings of the blood plasma).
9. There is no particular correlation between the CO₂
combining power findings and the blood chemistry
10. CO₂ combining power readings useful in diagnosis of
epileptic seizures from uraemic convulsions, if
any dubiety should arise in the diagnosis.
11. Relative lowness of supposed normal figures found
as compared to those found by Van Slyke, Dunlop
Stewart and others.