A 28-year-old male asked:
what is the definition or description of: metabolic acidosis?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Joseph Sucher answered
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
Dr. Tarek Naguib answered
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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