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The Effects Of Acidosis And Alkalosis On Long Bone Vascular Resistance.

The Effects Of Acidosis And Alkalosis On Long Bone Vascular Resistance.

The effects of acidosis and alkalosis on long bone vascular resistance. Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota. This study used an ex vivo perfusion model to investigate the direct effects of acidosis and alkalosis on the vascular resistance of the canine tibia. Baseline vascular resistance (BVR) and the vascular smooth muscle response to bolus doses of norepinephrine (NE) (0.025-3.2 nmol) and periarterial sympathetic nerve stimulation (NS) (10-25 Hz: 9 V, 2 ms pulses, 10 s) were studied. In Group I, these parameters were measured at normal pH (duration 7.34-7.44) and then during acidosis (pH 7.2-7.33). In Group II, they were measured at normal pH and then during alkalosis (pH 7.47-7.58). In Group III (control), they were measured serially at a normal pH. Alkalosis increased BVR by 56% (p < 0.0001). Acidosis attenuated (18% reduction) and alkalosis enhanced (66% increase) the vasoconstrictor action of NE (p < 0.0001). Acidosis also attenuated (11% reduction) the effect of sympathetic NS (p = 0.012). It is concluded that perfusion pH influences the sensitivity of long bone resistance vessels to circulating NE and sympathetic NS. Thus, local concentration of hydrogen ions may provide bone with a mechanism to autoregulate blood flow. Continue reading >>

Metabolic Acidosis: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis And Management: Adverse Effects Of Metabolic Acidosis

Metabolic Acidosis: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis And Management: Adverse Effects Of Metabolic Acidosis

Recommendations for the treatment of acute metabolic acidosis Gunnerson, K. J., Saul, M., He, S. & Kellum, J. Lactate versus non-lactate metabolic acidosis: a retrospective outcome evaluation of critically ill patients. Crit. Care Med. 10, R22-R32 (2006). Eustace, J. A., Astor, B., Muntner, P M., Ikizler, T. A. & Coresh, J. Prevalence of acidosis and inflammation and their association with low serum albumin in chronic kidney disease. Kidney Int. 65, 1031-1040 (2004). Kraut, J. A. & Kurtz, I. Metabolic acidosis of CKD: diagnosis, clinical characteristics, and treatment. Am. J. Kidney Dis. 45, 978-993 (2005). Kalantar-Zadeh, K., Mehrotra, R., Fouque, D. & Kopple, J. D. Metabolic acidosis and malnutrition-inflammation complex syndrome in chronic renal failure. Semin. Dial. 17, 455-465 (2004). Kraut, J. A. & Kurtz, I. Controversies in the treatment of acute metabolic acidosis. NephSAP 5, 1-9 (2006). Cohen, R. M., Feldman, G. M. & Fernandez, P C. The balance of acid base and charge in health and disease. Kidney Int. 52, 287-293 (1997). Rodriguez-Soriano, J. & Vallo, A. Renal tubular acidosis. Pediatr. Nephrol. 4, 268-275 (1990). Wagner, C. A., Devuyst, O., Bourgeois, S. & Mohebbi, N. Regulated acid-base transport in the collecting duct. Pflugers Arch. 458, 137-156 (2009). Boron, W. F. Acid base transport by the renal proximal tubule. J. Am. Soc. Nephrol. 17, 2368-2382 (2006). Igarashi, T., Sekine, T. & Watanabe, H. Molecular basis of proximal renal tubular acidosis. J. Nephrol. 15, S135-S141 (2002). Sly, W. S., Sato, S. & Zhu, X. L. Evaluation of carbonic anhydrase isozymes in disorders involving osteopetrosis and/or renal tubular acidosis. Clin. Biochem. 24, 311-318 (1991). Dinour, D. et al. A novel missense mutation in the sodium bicarbonate cotransporter (NBCe1/ SLC4A4) Continue reading >>

Acute Effects Of Acidosis On Protein And Amino Acid Metabolism In Perfused Rat Liver

Acute Effects Of Acidosis On Protein And Amino Acid Metabolism In Perfused Rat Liver

Acute effects of acidosis on protein and amino acid metabolism in perfused rat liver 1Department of Physiology, Charles University Prague, Hradec Krlov, Czech Republic 2Department of Pharmacology, Charles University Prague, Hradec Krlov, Czech Republic 3University Hospital Motol, Prague, Czech Republic Correspondence: Dr Milan Holeek, Department of Physiology, Charles University Medical Faculty, imkova 870, 500 38 Hradec Krlov, Czech Republic. Tel.:/Fax: +420 49 5518190; E-mail: [email protected] Received 2003 Feb 5; Accepted 2003 Aug 1. Copyright 2003 Blackwell Publishing Ltd This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Acidosis is frequently associated with protein wasting and derangements in amino acid metabolism. As its effect on protein metabolism is significantly modulated by other abnormal metabolic conditions caused by specific illnesses, it is difficult to separate out the effects on protein metabolism solely due to acidosis. The aim of the present study was to evaluate, using a model of isolated perfused rat liver, the direct response of hepatic tissue to acidosis. We have compared hepatic response to perfusion with a solution of pH 7.2 and 7.4 (controls). Parameters of protein and amino acid metabolism were measured using both recirculation and single-pass technique with 4,5-[3H]leucine, [114C]leucine and [114C]ketoisocaproate (ketoleucine) as tracers and on the basis of difference of amino acid levels in perfusion solution at the beginning and end of perfusion. In liver perfused with a solution of pH 7.2, we observed higher rates of proteolysis, protein synthesis, amino acid utilization and urea production. Furthermore, the liver perfused with a solution of pH 7.2 released a higher amount of proteins to perfusate than the liver perfused with a s Continue reading >>

Acidosis

Acidosis

For acidosis referring to acidity of the urine, see renal tubular acidosis. "Acidemia" redirects here. It is not to be confused with Academia. Acidosis is a process causing increased acidity in the blood and other body tissues (i.e., an increased hydrogen ion concentration). If not further qualified, it usually refers to acidity of the blood plasma. The term acidemia describes the state of low blood pH, while acidosis is used to describe the processes leading to these states. Nevertheless, the terms are sometimes used interchangeably. The distinction may be relevant where a patient has factors causing both acidosis and alkalosis, wherein the relative severity of both determines whether the result is a high, low, or normal pH. Acidosis is said to occur when arterial pH falls below 7.35 (except in the fetus – see below), while its counterpart (alkalosis) occurs at a pH over 7.45. Arterial blood gas analysis and other tests are required to separate the main causes. The rate of cellular metabolic activity affects and, at the same time, is affected by the pH of the body fluids. In mammals, the normal pH of arterial blood lies between 7.35 and 7.50 depending on the species (e.g., healthy human-arterial blood pH varies between 7.35 and 7.45). Blood pH values compatible with life in mammals are limited to a pH range between 6.8 and 7.8. Changes in the pH of arterial blood (and therefore the extracellular fluid) outside this range result in irreversible cell damage.[1] Signs and symptoms[edit] General symptoms of acidosis.[2] These usually accompany symptoms of another primary defect (respiratory or metabolic). Nervous system involvement may be seen with acidosis and occurs more often with respiratory acidosis than with metabolic acidosis. Signs and symptoms that may be seen i Continue reading >>

Acidosis - An Overview | Sciencedirect Topics

Acidosis - An Overview | Sciencedirect Topics

Acidosis is an important prognostic factor in survival from respiratory failure during COPD exacerbation, and thus early correction of acidosis is an essential goal of therapy. Katherine Ahn Jin, in Comprehensive Pediatric Hospital Medicine , 2007 Acidosis is defined as an abnormal clinical process that causes a net gain in hydrogen ions (H+) in the extracellular fluid. Metabolic acidosis occurs when there is an accumulation of H+ or a loss of bicarbonate ions (HCO3) and is reflected by a decrease in plasma HCO3 (<22 mEq/L). Respiratory acidosis occurs when there is an accumulation of carbon dioxide (CO2) and is reflected by an increase in the arterial partial pressure of carbon dioxide (Pco2 >40 mm Hg). Clinically, acid-base scenarios can involve a primary acidosis or alkalosis with or without compensation, or a mixed acid-base disorder. The pH reflects the net effect of these processes (Fig. 27-1). The term acidemia is defined as an abnormal decrease in blood pH (<7.37). Sharma S. Prabhakar M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.P., F.A.S.N., in Medical Secrets (Fifth Edition) , 2012 What is the conceptual difference between an AG and a non-AG metabolic acidosis? An AG acidosis is caused by the addition of a nonvolatile acid to the ECF. Examples include diabetic ketoacidosis, lactic acidosis, and uremic acidosis. A non-AG acidosis commonly (but not exclusively) represents a loss of . Examples include lower GI losses from diarrhea and urinary losses due to renal tubular acidosis (RTA). Therefore, when approaching a patient with an AG acidosis, one should look for the source and identity of the acid gained. By contrast, when evaluating a patient with a non-AG acidosis, one should begin by looking for the source of the Mario G. Bianchetti, Alberto Bettinelli, in Comprehensive Pediatric Ne Continue reading >>

Metabolic Acidosis

Metabolic Acidosis

Metabolic acidosis is a condition that occurs when the body produces excessive quantities of acid or when the kidneys are not removing enough acid from the body. If unchecked, metabolic acidosis leads to acidemia, i.e., blood pH is low (less than 7.35) due to increased production of hydrogen ions by the body or the inability of the body to form bicarbonate (HCO3−) in the kidney. Its causes are diverse, and its consequences can be serious, including coma and death. Together with respiratory acidosis, it is one of the two general causes of acidemia. Terminology : Acidosis refers to a process that causes a low pH in blood and tissues. Acidemia refers specifically to a low pH in the blood. In most cases, acidosis occurs first for reasons explained below. Free hydrogen ions then diffuse into the blood, lowering the pH. Arterial blood gas analysis detects acidemia (pH lower than 7.35). When acidemia is present, acidosis is presumed. Signs and symptoms[edit] Symptoms are not specific, and diagnosis can be difficult unless the patient presents with clear indications for arterial blood gas sampling. Symptoms may include chest pain, palpitations, headache, altered mental status such as severe anxiety due to hypoxia, decreased visual acuity, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, altered appetite and weight gain, muscle weakness, bone pain, and joint pain. Those in metabolic acidosis may exhibit deep, rapid breathing called Kussmaul respirations which is classically associated with diabetic ketoacidosis. Rapid deep breaths increase the amount of carbon dioxide exhaled, thus lowering the serum carbon dioxide levels, resulting in some degree of compensation. Overcompensation via respiratory alkalosis to form an alkalemia does not occur. Extreme acidemia leads to neurological and cardia Continue reading >>

5.4 Metabolic Acidosis - Metabolic Effects

5.4 Metabolic Acidosis - Metabolic Effects

5.4 Metabolic Acidosis - Metabolic Effects A metabolic acidosis can cause significant physiological effects, particularly affecting the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Hyperventilation ( Kussmaul respirations ) - this is the compensatory response Shift of oxyhaemoglobin dissociation curve (ODC) to the right Decreased 2,3 DPG levels in red cells (shifting the ODC back to the left) Sympathetic overactivity (incl tachycardia, vasoconstriction,decreased arrhythmia threshold) Resistance to the effects of catecholamines Increased bone resorption (chronic acidosis only) Shift of K+ out of cells causing hyperkalaemia 5.4.2 Some Effects have Opposing Actions. The cardiac stimulatory effects of sympathetic activity and release of catecholamines usually counteract the direct myocardial depression while plasma pH remains above 7.2. At systemic pH values less than this, the direct depression of contractility usually predominates. The direct vasodilatation is offset by the indirect sympathetically mediated vasoconstriction and cardiac stimulation during a mild acidosis. The venoconstriction shifts blood centrally and this causes pulmonary congestion. Pulmonary artery pressure usually rises during acidosis. The shift of the oxygen dissociation curve to the right due to the acidosis occurs rapidly. After 6 hours of acidosis, the red cell levels of 2,3 DPG have declined enough to shift the oxygen dissociation curve (ODC) back to normal. Acidosis is commonly said to cause hyperkalaemia by a shift of potassium out of cells. The effect on potassium levels is extremely variable and indirect effects due to the type of acidosis present are much more important. For example hyperkalaemia is due to renal failure in uraemic acidosis rather than the acidosis. Significant potassium loss du Continue reading >>

What Is Acidosis? Acidosis Causes & Treatment | High Alkaline Diet

What Is Acidosis? Acidosis Causes & Treatment | High Alkaline Diet

DEFINITION: Acidosis is an increased acidity in the blood and other body tissue. Acidosis is said to occur when arterial pH falls below 7.35. The pH level of our blood affects every cell in our body. Chronic acidosis corrodes body tissue, and if left unchecked, will interrupt all cellular activities and functions. HIGH ACID-FORMING FOODS and DIETS all lead to ACIDOSIS. Living a fast-paced daily lifestyle, such as eating on the run, will lead people to face constant symptoms of indigestion and growing endangerment of over-acidification (Acidosis) of the body cells, which will interrupt cellular activities and functions. It is a major root of sickness and disease. Having our cells constantly exposed to an acidic environment leads to acidosis and then chronic acidosis and, finally, various forms of disease such as cancer and many more! Studies have shown that an acidic, anaerobic (which is also the lack of oxygen) body environment encourages the breeding of fungus, mold, bacteria, and viruses. As a result, our inner biological terrain shifts from a healthy oxygenated, alkaline environment to an unhealthy acidic one (acidic pH scale). This forces the body to constantly deplete its cellular energy to neutralize and detoxify these acids before they can act as poisons in and around the cells, ultimately changing the environment of each cell and finally compromising its immune system, leaving it vulnerable to the ravages of disease to take a foothold in the body. When our body pH becomes overly acidic, it starts to set up defense mechanisms to keep the damaging acids from entering the vital organs. Modern Day Athletes and Acid-Forming Foods Unfortunately, Modern Day Athletes and/or Non-Athletes have been raised in a fast food environment that is more concerned about convenienc Continue reading >>

Physiological Effects Of Hyperchloraemia And Acidosis

Physiological Effects Of Hyperchloraemia And Acidosis

Physiological effects of hyperchloraemia and acidosis Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust BJA: British Journal of Anaesthesia, Volume 101, Issue 2, 1 August 2008, Pages 141150, J. M. Handy, N. Soni; Physiological effects of hyperchloraemia and acidosis, BJA: British Journal of Anaesthesia, Volume 101, Issue 2, 1 August 2008, Pages 141150, The advent of balanced solutions for i.v. fluid resuscitation and replacement is imminent and will affect any specialty involved in fluid management. Part of the background to their introduction has focused on the non-physiological nature of normal saline solution and the developing science about the potential problems of hyperchloraemic acidosis. This review assesses the physiological significance of hyperchloraemic acidosis and of acidosis in general. It aims to differentiate the effects of the causes of acidosis from the physiological consequences of acidosis. It is intended to provide an assessment of the importance of hyperchloraemic acidosis and thereby the likely benefits of balanced solutions. Hyperchloraemic acidosis is increasingly recognized as a clinical entity, a new enemy within, that had gone otherwise unnoticed for decades. Although any associated morbidity may be subtle at present, there is a trend in current evidence to suggest that hyperchloraemic acidosis may have adverse consequences which may be circumvented by the use of balanced solutions. These consequences, both theoretical and clinical, may result from hyperchloraemia, acidosis, or both. There is some evidence of hyperchloraemia causing problems, but at present the clinical relevance is uncertain. The literature does appear to be unified in stating that acidosis results in adverse physiological effects bu Continue reading >>

Respiratory Acidosis: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatment

Respiratory Acidosis: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatment

Respiratory acidosis develops when air exhaled out of the lungs does not adequately exchange the carbon dioxide formed in the body for the inhaled oxygen in air. There are many conditions or situations that may lead to this. One of the conditions that can reduce the ability to adequately exhale carbon dioxide (CO2) is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. CO2 that is not exhaled can shift the normal balance of acids and bases in the body toward acidic. The CO2 mixes with water in the body to form carbonic acid. With chronic respiratory acidosis, the body partially makes up for the retained CO2 and maintains acid-base balance near normal. The body's main response is an increase in excretion of carbonic acid and retention of bicarbonate base in the kidneys. Medical treatment for chronic respiratory acidosis is mainly treatment of the underlying illness which has hindered breathing. Treatment may also be applied to improve breathing directly. Respiratory acidosis can also be acute rather than chronic, developing suddenly from respiratory failure. Emergency medical treatment is required for acute respiratory acidosis to: Regain healthful respiration Restore acid-base balance Treat the causes of the respiratory failure Here are some key points about respiratory acidosis. More detail and supporting information is in the main article. Respiratory acidosis develops when decreased breathing fails to get rid of CO2 formed in the body adequately The pH of blood, as a measure of acid-base balance, is maintained near normal in chronic respiratory acidosis by compensating responses in the body mainly in the kidney Acute respiratory acidosis requires emergency treatment Tipping acid-base balance to acidosis When acid levels in the body are in balance with the base levels in t Continue reading >>

Effects Of Clinically Relevant Acute Hypercapnic And Metabolic Acidosis On The Cardiovascular System: An Experimental Porcine Study

Effects Of Clinically Relevant Acute Hypercapnic And Metabolic Acidosis On The Cardiovascular System: An Experimental Porcine Study

Effects of clinically relevant acute hypercapnic and metabolic acidosis on the cardiovascular system: an experimental porcine study Stengl et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.2013 Hypercapnic acidosis (HCA) that accompanies lung-protective ventilation may be considered permissive (a tolerable side effect), or it may be therapeutic by itself. Cardiovascular effects may contribute to, or limit, the potential therapeutic impact of HCA; therefore, a complex physiological study was performed in healthy pigs to evaluate the systemic and organ-specific circulatory effects of HCA, and to compare them with those of metabolic (eucapnic) acidosis (MAC). In anesthetized, mechanically ventilated and instrumented pigs, HCA was induced by increasing the inspired fraction of CO2 (n = 8) and MAC (n = 8) by the infusion of HCl, to reach an arterial plasma pH of 7.1. In the control group (n = 8), the normal plasma pH was maintained throughout the experiment. Hemodynamic parameters, including regional organ hemodynamics, blood gases, and electrocardiograms, were measured in vivo. Subsequently, isometric contractions and membrane potentials were recorded in vitro in the right ventricular trabeculae. HCA affected both the pulmonary (increase in mean pulmonary arterial pressure (MPAP) and pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR)) and systemic (increase in mean arterial pressure (MAP), decrease in systemic vascular resistance (SVR)) circulations. Although the renal perfusion remained unaffected by any type of acidosis, HCA increased carotid, portal, and, hence, total liver blood flow. MAC influenced the pulmonary circulation only (increase in MPAP and PVR). Both MAC and HCA reduced the stroke volume, which was compensated for by an increase in heart rate to maintain (MAC), or even increase (HCA), Continue reading >>

Acidosis - Causes And Effects

Acidosis - Causes And Effects

Acidosis - A medical condition in which the acid-base balance in the blood plasma is disturbed in the direction of excess acidity, the pH falling below 7.35. Over acidity, which can become a dangerous condition that weakens all body systems, is very common today. It gives rise to an internal environment conducive to disease, as opposed to a pH-balanced environment which allows normal body function necessary for the body to resist disease. A healthy body maintains adequate alkaline reserves to meet emergency demands. When excess acids (acidosis) must be neutralized, our alkaline reserves are depleted, leaving the body in a weakened condition. Every day we wage our own private war against molds, yeasts, bacteria, viruses and fungi. By using antibiotics as the first line of defense we have encouraged the development of more powerful deadly bugs and bacteria. Our immune systems are becoming weaker and over-taxed in this war. Louis Pasteur declared the germ theory of disease that states germs are the cause of disease. But note Dr. Pasteur's dying words: "The germ is nothing, the inner terrain is everything". The concept of acid alkaline imbalance as the cause of disease is not new. In 1933 a New York doctor named William Howard Hay published a ground-breaking book, A New Health Era in which he maintains that all disease is caused by autotoxication (or "self-poisoning") due to acidosis in the body. Now we depart from health in just the proportion to which we have allowed our alkalis to be dissipated by introduction of acid-forming food in too great amount... It may seem strange to say that all disease is the same thing, no matter what its myriad modes of expression, but it is verily so. More recently, in his remarkable book Alkalize or Die , Dr. Theodore A. Baroody says esse Continue reading >>

Effects Of Acidosis On Rat Muscle Metabolism And Performance During Heavy Exercise.

Effects Of Acidosis On Rat Muscle Metabolism And Performance During Heavy Exercise.

Effects of acidosis on rat muscle metabolism and performance during heavy exercise. Am J Physiol. 1985 Mar;248(3 Pt 1):C337-47. The metabolism and performance of a perfused rat hindquarter preparation was examined during heavy exercise in three conditions: control (C), metabolic acidosis (MA, decreased bicarbonate concentration), and respiratory acidosis (RA, increased CO2 tension). A one-pass system was used to perfuse the hindquarters for 30 min at rest and 20 min during tetanic stimulation via the sciatic nerve. The isometric tension generated by the gastrocnemius-plantaris-soleus muscle group was recorded, and biopsies were taken pre- and postperfusion. Initial isometric tensions were similar in all conditions, but the rate of tension decay was largest in acidosis; the 5-min tensions for C, MA, and RA were 1,835 +/- 63, 1,534 +/- 63, and 1,434 +/- 73 g, respectively. O2 uptake in C was greater than in MA and RA (23.4 +/- 1.3 vs. 17.0 +/- 1.4 and 16.5 +/- 2.3 mumol X min-1), paralleling the tension findings. Hindquarter lactate release was greatest in C, least in MA, and intermediate in RA. Acidosis resulted in less muscle glycogen utilization and lactate accumulation than during control. Muscle creatine phosphate utilization and ATP levels were unaffected by acidosis. Acidosis decreased the muscle's ability to generate isometric tension and depressed both aerobic and anaerobic metabolism. During stimulation in this model lactate left the muscle mainly as a function of the production rate, although a low plasma bicarbonate concentration at pH 7.15 depressed muscle lactate release. Continue reading >>

Effects Of Metabolic Acidosis On Viability Of Cells Exposed To Anoxia.

Effects Of Metabolic Acidosis On Viability Of Cells Exposed To Anoxia.

1. Am J Physiol. 1985 Jul;249(1 Pt 1):C149-59. Effects of metabolic acidosis on viability of cells exposed to anoxia. The effects of metabolic acidosis were examined in isolated rat hepatocytes undersubstrate-free oxygenated or anoxic conditions. Lowering extracellular pH to 6.6 under aerobic conditions had no deleterious effects on the cells as determined bytrypan blue exclusion, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release, cellular K+ and Ca2+ content, and ability to increase ATP levels after nutrients and adenosine wereadded to media. Cytosolic pH was measured in aerobic cells at varyingextracellular pH using 6-carboxyfluorescein. By using values for cytosolic pHobtained in this manner together with 5,5-dimethyl[2-14C]oxazolidine-2,4-dione(DMO) distribution data, a method was derived for determining intramitochondrial pH. The pH gradient across the mitochondrial membrane was found not to changewith a decrease in extracellular pH from 7.4 to 6.9. At pH 6.9 hepatocytes wereprotected against anoxic injury as compared with cells incubated at pH 7.5 or6.6. This protection was manifested by a decrease in vital dye uptake and LDHrelease, maintenance of higher cellular K+ content, less stimulation ofrespiration with succinate, improved recovery of ATP levels after return to anoxygenated nutrient environment, and maintenance of normal cellular Ca2+ content after reoxygenation. Recovery of cellular ATP content was independent of ATPlevels, total adenine nucleotide pool, and energy charge ratio at the end of the anoxic period. Measurement of cytoplasmic pH in anaerobic cells by [14C]DMOdistribution showed progressive cellular acidification with lowering ofextracellular pH. The protective effects observed at pH 6.9 are not unique tohepatocytes since isolated renal cortical tubules expo Continue reading >>

Merck And The Merck Manuals

Merck And The Merck Manuals

Acidosis is caused by an overproduction of acid in the blood or an excessive loss of bicarbonate from the blood (metabolic acidosis) or by a buildup of carbon dioxide in the blood that results from poor lung function or depressed breathing (respiratory acidosis). If an increase in acid overwhelms the body's acid-base control systems, the blood will become acidic. As blood pH drops (becomes more acidic), the parts of the brain that regulate breathing are stimulated to produce faster and deeper breathing (respiratory compensation). Breathing faster and deeper increases the amount of carbon dioxide exhaled. The kidneys also try to compensate by excreting more acid in the urine. However, both mechanisms can be overwhelmed if the body continues to produce too much acid, leading to severe acidosis and eventually heart problems and coma. The acidity or alkalinity of any solution, including blood, is indicated on the pH scale. Metabolic acidosis develops when the amount of acid in the body is increased through ingestion of a substance that is, or can be broken down (metabolized) to, an acid—such as wood alcohol (methanol), antifreeze (ethylene glycol), or large doses of aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). Metabolic acidosis can also occur as a result of abnormal metabolism. The body produces excess acid in the advanced stages of shock and in poorly controlled type 1 diabetes mellitus (diabetic ketoacidosis). Even the production of normal amounts of acid may lead to acidosis when the kidneys are not functioning normally and are therefore not able to excrete sufficient amounts of acid in the urine. Major Causes of Metabolic Acidosis Diabetic ketoacidosis (buildup of ketoacids) Drugs and substances such as acetazolamide, alcohols, and aspirin Lactic acidosis (buildup of lactic acid Continue reading >>

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