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Alcoholic Ketoacidosis – A Case Report

Summarized from Noor N, Basavaraju K, Sharpstone D. Alcoholic ketoacidosis: a case report and review of the literature. Oxford Medical Case Reports 2016; 3: 31-33 Three parameters generated during blood gas analysis, pH, pCO2 and bicarbonate, provide the means for assessment of patient acid-base status, which is frequently disturbed in the acutely/critically ill. Four broad classes of acid-base disturbance are recognized: metabolic acidosis, respiratory acidosis, metabolic alkalosis and respiratory alkalosis. Metabolic acidosis, which is characterized by primary reduction in pH and bicarbonate, and secondary (compensatory) decrease in pCO2, has many possible causes including the abnormal accumulation of the keto-acids, β-hydroxybutyrate and acetoacetate. This particular form of metabolic acidosis, called ketoacidosis, has three etiologies giving rise to three quite separate conditions with common biochemical features: diabetes (diabetic ketoacidosis); excessive alcohol ingestion (alcoholic ketoacidosis) and severe starvation (starvation ketoacidosis). Diabetic ketoacidosis, which is the most common of the three, is the subject of a recent review (discussed below) whilst alcoholic Continue reading >>

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