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what is the definition or description of: metabolic acidosis?

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Dr. Joseph Sucher
26 years experience Trauma Surgery
Decreased pH: Metabolic acidosis occurs either from primary acid retention, renal (kidney) dysfunction/failure or bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) losses. Primary acid retentions cause anion-gap metabolic acidosis from these etiologies (methanol, uremia, diabetic ketoacidosis, para-aldehyde, isoniazid, lactic acidosis, ethylene glycol, salicylates). Kidney's dysfunction leads to acidosis. Finally any loss of bicarb (diarrhea etc).
Answered on Sep 27, 2018
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Dr. Tarek Naguib
40 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Increased blood acid: The blood is in balance between acid and non-acid (alkali). Both of acid and alkali levels could change under the influence of the kidneys which we call a metabolic change or by effect of lungs which we call respiratory change. Any increase of acid load exceeding the ability of the kidneys to neutralize as in aspirin/alcohol/antifreeze poisoning, sepsis cause met acidosis, as can kidney failure.
Answered on Jun 6, 2016
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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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See below: Medications used to treat metabolic acidosis are sodium bicarbonate or citrate salts. Discuss doses and preparations with your doctor.
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Dr. Michael Sparacino
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Many causes: This is more of a clinical site. Try googling other sites for basic science stuff.

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