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How can diabetic ketoacidosis (w/ metabolic acidosis) causes respiratory failure?

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Dr. Mitchell Zeitler
38 years experience in Anesthesiology
It complicated: The short answer is that while acids build up in your blood stream from the ketoacidosis. Your respiratory system tries to combat this (or neutralize it) by getting rid of co2 (carbon dioxide) --that is, causing a respiratory alkalosis. Eventually it becomes hard to keep up hyperventilating and the body "poops out" and you go into respiratory failure, usually from fatigue.
Answered on Jun 10, 2019
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