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What is metabolic acidosis?

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Metabolic acidosis happens when the chemical balance of acids and bases in your blood gets thrown off. It can cause mild problems, or it can be deadly. That happens because your body:

  • Is making too much acid
  • Isn't getting rid of enough acid
  • Doesn't have enough base to offset a normal amount of acid

From: What Is Metabolic Acidosis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Diabetic Ketoacidosis."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Renal Tubular Acidosis."

Gennari, F. November 2008. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology,

Medscape: "Metabolic Acidosis Clinical Presentation," "Metabolic Acidosis Workup," "Metabolic Acidosis: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management: Adverse Effects of Metabolic Acidosis," "Metabolic Acidosis Medication."

American Diabetes Association: "DKA (Ketoacidosis) & Ketones."

Scott & White Healthcare: "Metabolic Acidosis."

UCSF School of Medicine: "Metabolic Acidosis -- Anion Gap."

Joslin Diabetes Center: "Ketone Testing: What You Need to Know."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Diabetic Ketoacidosis."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Renal Tubular Acidosis."

Gennari, F. November 2008. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology,

Medscape: "Metabolic Acidosis Clinical Presentation," "Metabolic Acidosis Workup," "Metabolic Acidosis: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management: Adverse Effects of Metabolic Acidosis," "Metabolic Acidosis Medication."

American Diabetes Association: "DKA (Ketoacidosis) & Ketones."

Scott & White Healthcare: "Metabolic Acidosis."

UCSF School of Medicine: "Metabolic Acidosis -- Anion Gap."

Joslin Diabetes Center: "Ketone Testing: What You Need to Know."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

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