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How does chronic alcohol abuse affect arterial blood gases?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
Depends: Acute alcohol intoxication can cause acidosis. The effect blood gases from chronic alcoholism would depend on the end-organ damage. Cirrhosis with marked ascites may cause respiratory acidosis. Hepato-renal failure may result in metabolic acidosis.
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