Can dehydration lead to metabolic acidosis?

It usually does. The contraction of the fluid volume caused by dehydration routinely leads to a metabolic acidosis as the metabolism begins to shift to more fat breakdown & those byproducts add to the acidity of the blood.Fluid expansion through oral or IV re-hydration can correct this quickly by exposing the blood to buffer compounds in the tissues.

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