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Hypercapnea And Acidemia Despite Hyperventilation Following Endotracheal Intubation In A Case Of Unknown Severe Salicylate Poisoning

Hypercapnea And Acidemia Despite Hyperventilation Following Endotracheal Intubation In A Case Of Unknown Severe Salicylate Poisoning

Hypercapnea and Acidemia despite Hyperventilation following Endotracheal Intubation in a Case of Unknown Severe Salicylate Poisoning 1Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada 2Division of Critical Care, Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada Correspondence should be addressed to Shannon M. Fernando ; [email protected] Received 8 January 2017; Accepted 23 March 2017; Published 29 March 2017 Copyright 2017 Shannon M. Fernando et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Salicylates are common substances for deliberate self-harm. Acute salicylate toxicity is classically associated with an initial respiratory alkalosis, followed by an anion gap metabolic acidosis. The respiratory alkalosis is achieved through hyperventilation, driven by direct stimulation on the respiratory centers in the medulla and considered as a compensatory mechanism to avoid acidemia. However, in later stages of severe salicylate toxicity, patients become increasingly obtunded, with subsequent loss of airway reflexes, and therefore intubation may be necessary. Mechanical ventilation has been recommended against in acute salicylate poisoning, as it is believed to take away the compensatory hyperpnea and tachypnea. Despite the intuitive physiological basis for this recommendation, there is a paucity of evidence to support it. We describe a case of a 59-year-old male presenting with decreased level of consciousness and no known history of ingestion. He was intubated and experienced profound hypercarbia and acidemia despite mechanical ventilation with high minute ventilat Continue reading >>

Is Lactic Acidosis A Cause Of Exercise Induced Hyperventilation At The Respiratory Compensation Point?

Is Lactic Acidosis A Cause Of Exercise Induced Hyperventilation At The Respiratory Compensation Point?

Abstract Objectives: The respiratory compensation point (RCP) marks the onset of hyperventilation (“respiratory compensation”) during incremental exercise. Its physiological meaning has not yet been definitely determined, but the most common explanation is a failure of the body’s buffering mechanisms which leads to metabolic (lactic) acidosis. It was intended to test this experimentally. Methods: During a first ramp-like exercise test on a cycle ergometer, RCP (range: 2.51–3.73 l*min–1 oxygen uptake) was determined from gas exchange measurements in five healthy subjects (age 26–42; body mass index (BMI) 20.7–23.9 kg*m–2; Vo2peak 51.3–62.1 ml*min–1*kg–1). On the basis of simultaneous determinations of blood pH and base excess, the necessary amount of bicarbonate to completely buffer the metabolic acidosis was calculated. This quantity was administered intravenously in small doses during a second, otherwise identical, exercise test. Results: In each subject sufficient compensation for the acidosis, that is, a pH value constantly above 7.37, was attained during the second test. A delay but no disappearance of the hyperventilation was present in all participants when compared with the first test. RCP occurred on average at a significantly (p = 0.043) higher oxygen uptake (+0.15 l*min–1) compared with the first test. Conclusions: For the first time it was directly demonstrated that exercise induced lactic acidosis is causally involved in the hyperventilation which starts at RCP. However, it does not represent the only additional stimulus of ventilation during intense exercise. Muscle afferents and other sensory inputs from exercising muscles are alternative triggering mechanisms. Continue reading >>

Respiratory Alkalosis

Respiratory Alkalosis

Author: Ryland P Byrd, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP more... Respiratory alkalosis is a disturbance in acid and base balance due to alveolar hyperventilation. Alveolar hyperventilation leads to a decreased partial pressure of arterial carbon dioxide (PaCO2). In turn, the decrease in PaCO2 increases the ratio of bicarbonate concentration to PaCO2 and, thereby, increases the pH level, thus the descriptive term of respiratory alkalosis. The decrease in PaCO2 (hypocapnia) develops when a strong respiratory stimulus causes the respiratory system to remove more carbon dioxide than is produced metabolically in the tissues. Respiratory alkalosis can be acute or chronic. In acute respiratory alkalosis, the PaCO2 level is below the lower limit of normal and the serum pH is alkalemic. In chronic respiratory alkalosis, the PaCO2 level is below the lower limit of normal, but the pH level is relatively normal or near normal. Respiratory alkalosis is the most common acid-base abnormality observed in patients who are critically ill. It is associated with numerous illnesses and is a common finding in patients on mechanical ventilation. Many cardiac and pulmonary disorders can manifest with respiratory alkalosis as an early or intermediate finding. When respiratory alkalosis is present, the cause may be a minor, nonlife-threatening disorder. However, more serious disease processes should also be considered in the differential diagnosis. Breathing or alveolar ventilation is the bodys way of providing adequate amounts of oxygen for metabolism while removing carbon dioxide produced in the tissues. By sensing the bodys partial pressure of arterial oxygen (PaO2) and PaCO2, the respiratory system adjusts pulmonary ventilation so that oxygen uptake and carbon dioxide elim Continue reading >>

Acid-base Balance

Acid-base Balance

Patient professional reference Professional Reference articles are written by UK doctors and are based on research evidence, UK and European Guidelines. They are designed for health professionals to use. You may find the Arterial Blood Gases article more useful, or one of our other health articles. Disorders of acid-base balance can lead to severe complications in many disease states.[1]Arterial blood pH is normally closely regulated to between 7.35 and 7.45. Maintaining the pH within these limits is achieved by bicarbonate, other buffers, the lungs and the kidneys. Primary changes in bicarbonate are metabolic and primary changes in carbon dioxide are respiratory. In the absence of any significant respiratory disease or hyperventilation, the primary cause is much more likely to be metabolic. However, central hypoventilation (eg, caused by CNS disturbance such as stroke, head injury or brain tumour) causes respiratory acidosis. In general, the kidneys compensate for respiratory causes and the lungs compensate for metabolic causes. Therefore, hyperventilation may be a cause of respiratory alkalosis or a compensatory mechanism for metabolic acidosis. Deep sighing respiration (Kussmaul breathing) is a common feature of acidosis (hyperventilation in an attempt to remove carbon dioxide) but may take some hours to appear. Investigations Analysis of arterial blood gases provides: pH: determines whether there is an overall acidosis or alkalosis. Venous pH is in practice as reliable as arterial pH. Carbon dioxide partial pressure (PaCO2): if raised with acidosis then the acidosis is respiratory. If decreased with alkalosis then the alkalosis is respiratory. Otherwise any change is compensatory. Standard bicarbonate (SBCe): analysis of blood gases provides a bicarbonate level whic 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 >>

Hyperventilation In The Treatment Of Metabolic Acidosis Does Not Adversely Affectpulmonary Gas Exchange.

Hyperventilation In The Treatment Of Metabolic Acidosis Does Not Adversely Affectpulmonary Gas Exchange.

Hyperventilation in the treatment of metabolic acidosis does not adversely affectpulmonary gas exchange. (1)University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle. BACKGROUND: Hyperventilation has been recommended to increase blood pH duringmetabolic acidosis. However, hypocapnia may adversely affect arterial bloodoxygenation, especially in the presence of lung disease. We therefore studied theeffects of metabolic acidosis, with and without normalization of pH byhyperventilation, on pulmonary gas exchange in dogs with permeability pulmonaryedema.METHODS: Six pentobarbital-anesthetized dogs were administered 0.06 ml/kg ofoleic acid at least 150 min before study. Ventilation was set with an inspired O2fraction of 0.90 and a tidal volume of 18 ml/kg, and the respiratory rate wasadjusted to alter the arterial CO2 tension (PaCO2) per the experimental protocol.The protocol in random order was (1) normal pH (7.36 +/- 0.01)/normal PaCO2 (39+/- 1 mmHg); (2) low pH 7.20 +/- 0.01)/normal PaCO2 (40 +/- 1 mmHg); (3) low pH(7.18 +/- 0.01)/hyperventilation with inspired CO2 (PaCO2 = 40 +/- 1 mmHg); and(4) normal pH (7.35 +/- 0.01)/hyperventilation with low PaCO2 (24 +/- 1 mmHg). Inphases 2-4, the pH was slowly reduced by intravenous infusion of 2 N hydrochloricacid. The pH was normalized in phase 1 where necessary by infusion of sodiumbicarbonate. The pH in phase 4 was normalized by reducing the PaCO2 by increasingthe respiratory rate. Gas exchange was assessed by the multiple inert-gaselimination technique.RESULTS: The hemodynamic measurements remained constant throughout the protocol. Arterial O2 tension increased from 244 +/- 55 to 293 +/- 49 mmHg in the presence of metabolic acidosis (P < 0.05). Hyperventilation to normalize the pH duringmetabolic acidosis (phase 4), increased arte Continue reading >>

5.5 Metabolic Acidosis - Compensation

5.5 Metabolic Acidosis - Compensation

Acid-Base Physiology 5.5.1 Hyperventilation Compensation for a metabolic acidosis is hyperventilation to decrease the arterial pCO2. This hyperventilation was first described by Kussmaul in patients with diabetic ketoacidosis in 1874. The metabolic acidosis is detected by both the peripheral and central chemoreceptors and the respiratory center is stimulated. The initial stimulation of the central chemoreceptors is due to small increases in brain ISF [H+]. The subsequent increase in ventilation causes a fall in arterial pCO2 which inhibits the ventilatory response. Maximal compensation takes 12 to 24 hours The chemoreceptor inhibition acts to limit and delay the full ventilatory response until bicarbonate shifts have stabilised across the blood brain barrier. The increase in ventilation usually starts within minutes and is usually well advanced at 2 hours of onset but maximal compensation may take 12 to 24 hours to develop. This is �maximal� compensation rather than �full� compensation as it does not return the extracellular pH to normal. In situations where a metabolic acidosis develops rapidly and is short-lived there is usually little time for much compensatory ventilatory response to occur. An example is the acute and sometimes severe lactic acidosis due to a prolonged generalised convulsion: this corrects due to rapid hepatic uptake and metabolism of the lactate following cessation of convulsive muscular activity, and hyperventilation due to the acidosis does not occur. The expected pCO2 at maximal compensation can be calculated from a simple formula The arterial pCO2 at maximal compensation has been measured in many patients with a metabolic acidosis. A consistent relationship between bicarbonate level and pCO2 has been found. It can be estimated from the Continue reading >>

Metabolic Acidosis And Hyperventilation Induced By Acetazolamide In Patients With Central Nervous System Pathology

Metabolic Acidosis And Hyperventilation Induced By Acetazolamide In Patients With Central Nervous System Pathology

ACETAZOLAMIDE, a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor, is used in patients with meningeal inflammation, mild intracranial hypertension, and basal skull fractures to decrease the formation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). It causes mild metabolic acidosis by inhibiting the reabsorption of bicarbonate (HCO−3) ions from renal tubules. This effect has been used successfully in the treatment of patients with chronic respiratory acidosis with superimposed metabolic alkalosis 1 and central sleep apnea syndrome. 2 Life-threatening metabolic acidosis during acetazolamide therapy has been observed only in patients with renal impairment or 3 diabetes 4 and in elderly patients. 5 Severe metabolic acidosis, associated with acetazolamide, in the absence of other predisposing factors has not been reported in patients with central nervous system disease. We report three cases of severe metabolic acidosis and hyperventilation during acetazolamide therapy in normal doses in adult patients without renal impairment. A 35-yr-old man with a head injury underwent craniotomy for evacuation of a traumatic left temporal extradural hematoma. Postoperatively, the patient underwent mechanical ventilation to maintain a partial pressure of arterial carbon dioxide (Paco2) of 30–35 mmHg. On the third postoperative day, 250 mg acetazolamide administered every 8 h through a nasogastric tube was started to treat a CSF leak from the operative wound. A T-piece trial of weaning was started on the fourth postoperative day. On the fifth postoperative day, patient respiratory rate increased to 40–44 breaths/min. Arterial blood gas analysis showed metabolic acidosis resulting in compensatory hypocapnia and a normal pH (table 1). The patient was sedated and underwent artificial ventilation for the next 6 days. Attempt Continue reading >>

Acid-base Disorders

Acid-base Disorders

Content currently under development Acid-base disorders are a group of conditions characterized by changes in the concentration of hydrogen ions (H+) or bicarbonate (HCO3-), which lead to changes in the arterial blood pH. These conditions can be categorized as acidoses or alkaloses and have a respiratory or metabolic origin, depending on the cause of the imbalance. Diagnosis is made by arterial blood gas (ABG) interpretation. In the setting of metabolic acidosis, calculation of the anion gap is an important resource to narrow down the possible causes and reach a precise diagnosis. Treatment is based on identifying the underlying cause. Continue reading >>

Respiratory Alkalosis

Respiratory Alkalosis

What is respiratory alkalosis? Respiratory alkalosis occurs when the levels of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the blood are not balanced. Your body needs oxygen to function properly. When you inhale, you introduce oxygen into the lungs. When you exhale, you release carbon dioxide, which is a waste product. Normally, the respiratory system keeps these two gases in balance. Respiratory alkalosis occurs when you breathe too fast or too deep and carbon dioxide levels drop too low. This causes the pH of the blood to rise and become too alkaline. When the blood becomes too acidic, respiratory acidosis occurs. Hyperventilation is typically the underlying cause of respiratory alkalosis. Hyperventilation is also known as overbreathing. Someone who is hyperventilating breathes very deeply or rapidly. Causes of hyperventilation Panic attacks and anxiety are the most common causes of hyperventilation. However, they’re not the only possible causes. Others include: pain drug use fever infection If you’re experiencing hyperventilation (especially for the first time), don’t assume you know the cause. Make an appointment with your doctor. Overbreathing is a sign that respiratory alkalosis is likely to develop. However, low carbon dioxide levels in the blood also have a number of physical effects, including: dizziness bloating feeling lightheaded numbness or muscle spasms in the hands and feet discomfort in the chest area confusion dry mouth tingling in the arms feeling short of breath The treatment for respiratory alkalosis depends on the underlying cause. Panic and anxiety-related causes Treating the condition is a matter of raising carbon dioxide levels in the blood. The following strategies and tips are useful for respiratory alkalosis caused by overbreathing due to panic and anx Continue reading >>

Metabolic Acidosis

Metabolic Acidosis

OVERVIEW a metabolic acidosis is an abnormal primary process or condition leading to an increase in fixed acids in the blood -> resulting in a fall in arterial plasma bicarbonate CAUSES pathophysiological mechanism: (i) A gain of strong acid (ii) A loss of base the gain of strong acid may be endogenous (eg ketoacids from lipid metabolism) or exogenous (NH4Cl infusion). bicarbonate loss may occur via the bowel (diarrhoea, small bowel fistulas) or via the kidneys (carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, renal tubular acidosis). CLASSIFICATION high anion gap Lactate Toxins – methanol, metformin, phenformin, paraldehyde, propylene glycol, pyroglutamic acidosis, iron, isoniazid, ethanol, ethylene glycol, salicylates, solvents Ketones Renal Normal anion gap Chloride Acetazolamide and Addisons GI causes – diarrhoea, vomiting, fistulas (pancreatic, ureterostomies, small bowel, ileostomies) Extras – RTA MAINTENANCE the disorder is maintained as long as the primary cause persists. in many cases the acid-base disturbance tends to increase in severity while the problem causing it persists though this is not absolute. EFFECTS Respiratory Effects hyperventilation (Kussmaul respirations) – this is the compensatory response shift of oxyhaemoglobin dissociation curve (ODC) to the right – due to the acidosis occurs rapidly decreased 2,3 DPG levels in red cells (shifting the ODC back to the left) -> 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. Cardiovascular Effects depression of myocardial contractility sympathetic overactivity resistance to the effects of catecholamines peripheral arteriolar vasodilatation venoconstriction of peripheral veins vasoconstriction of pulmonary arteries (increased Continue reading >>

Hyperchloremic Metabolic Acidosis & Hyperventilation: Causes & Diagnoses | Symptoma.com

Hyperchloremic Metabolic Acidosis & Hyperventilation: Causes & Diagnoses | Symptoma.com

Types Elevated Anion Gap Metabolic Acidosis Hyperchloremic Metabolic Acidosis (normal Anion Gap ) See Hyperchloremia III. [fpnotebook.com] The table says that the compensation is for the lungs to blow off carbon dioxide by hyperventilation. [chemistry.elmhurst.edu] Hyperventilation in dogs with metabolic acidosis, even though resulting in alkaline arterial blood pH, did not protect the hearts from the increased susceptibility to ventricular [circres.ahajournals.org] [] gap metabolic acidosis. [cjasn.asnjournals.org] Hyperventilation may occur as a result of stimulation of the hypothalamus. blood gas analysis will reveal a lowered pH and an elevated Pa CO 2 . [medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com] [] either a primary increase in hydrogen ion (H ) or a reduction in bicarbonate (HCO 3- ) concentrations. [4] In the acute state, respiratory compensation of acidosis occurs by hyperventilation [emedicine.medscape.com] Previous Index Next 5.5.1 Hyperventilation Compensation for a metabolic acidosis is hyperventilation to decrease the arterial pCO 2 . [anaesthesiamcq.com] Types Elevated Anion Gap Metabolic Acidosis Hyperchloremic Metabolic Acidosis (normal Anion Gap ) See Hyperchloremia III. [fpnotebook.com] A notable exception is the patient with the anxiety-hyperventilation syndrome; in addition to reassurance or sedation, rebreathing into a closed system (e.g., a paper bag) [slideshare.net] The complications of HTS include hemorrhages, venous thrombosis, hyperchloremic metabolic acidosis, and worsening coagulopathy (7074) . [journals.lww.com] Sedation should be used to prevent spontaneous hyperventilation. [pulmccm.org] Management involves raising the head of the bed, hyperventilation (low PCO2 cerebral vasoconstriction), mannitol (hyperosmolar solution and osmotic diure Continue reading >>

Respiratory Alkalosis

Respiratory Alkalosis

(Video) Overview of Acid-Base Maps and Compensatory Mechanisms By James L. Lewis, III, MD, Attending Physician, Brookwood Baptist Health and Saint Vincents Ascension Health, Birmingham Respiratory alkalosis is a primary decrease in carbon dioxide partial pressure (Pco2) with or without compensatory decrease in bicarbonate (HCO3); pH may be high or near normal. Cause is an increase in respiratory rate or volume (hyperventilation) or both. Respiratory alkalosis can be acute or chronic. The chronic form is asymptomatic, but the acute form causes light-headedness, confusion, paresthesias, cramps, and syncope. Signs include hyperpnea or tachypnea and carpopedal spasms. Diagnosis is clinical and with ABG and serum electrolyte measurements. Treatment is directed at the cause. (See also Acid-Base Regulation , Acid-Base Disorders , and Hyperventilation Syndrome .) Respiratory alkalosis is a primary decrease in Pco2 (hypocapnia) due to an increase in respiratory rate and/or volume (hyperventilation). Ventilation increase occurs most often as a physiologic response to hypoxia (eg, at high altitude), metabolic acidosis , and increased metabolic demands (eg, fever) and, as such, is present in many serious conditions. In addition, pain and anxiety and some CNS disorders (eg, stroke, seizure [post-ictal]) can increase respirations without a physiologic need. Distinction is based on the degree of metabolic compensation. Excess HCO3 is buffered by extracellular hydrogen ion (H+) within minutes, but more significant compensation occurs over 2 to 3 days as the kidneys decrease H+ excretion. Pseudorespiratory alkalosis is low arterial Pco2 and high pH in mechanically ventilated patients with severe metabolic acidosis due to poor systemic perfusion (eg, cardiogenic shock, during CPR). Pseu Continue reading >>

Respiratory Compensation

Respiratory Compensation

Joseph Feher, in Quantitative Human Physiology , 2012 This chapter elaborates the bicarbonate buffer system and respiratory compensation. The plasma pH is defined as log [H+], and when [H+] increases, the pH decreases. The condition of high plasma pH is called alkalosis and low plasma pH is acidosis. The body has three lines of defense against departures from normal plasma pHthe chemical buffers, the respiratory system, and the renal system. The chemical buffers passively resist changes in pH by absorbing excess H+ when pH falls or by releasing H+ ions when pH rises. Chemical buffers include proteins, phosphate, and bicarbonate buffers. All of these equilibrate with a single [H+], and so the buffer systems are linked. This is the isohydric principle, and because of this link, adjustment of the bicarbonate buffer system controls all buffer systems. The bicarbonate buffer system has two components that include plasma [CO2] and [HCO3]. The respiratory system controls plasma pH by adjusting the [CO2]. The equilibrium between dissolved CO2 and H2CO3 is accelerated by carbonic anhydrase. Respiratory alkalosis results from hyperventilation as the primary disturbance. Hyperventilation also forms the respiratory compensation of metabolic acidosis. It is found that complete compensation of pH disturbances requires the kidney to change plasma [HCO3]. Jan P. Kovacic DVM, DACVECC, in Small Animal Critical Care Medicine , 2009 Increased Carbon Dioxide: Respiratory Acidosis Respiratory acidosis may result from a primary respiratory disorder or it can be a physiologic respiratory compensation for a metabolic alkalosis. An increase in of 1 mEq/L should result in an increase in PCO2 of 0.7 mm Hg in both dogs and cats.1,3 Pathologic respiratory acidosis results from an imbalance in CO2 p Continue reading >>

Metabolic Acidosis Clinical Presentation: History, Physical Examination

Metabolic Acidosis Clinical Presentation: History, Physical Examination

Author: Christie P Thomas, MBBS, FRCP, FASN, FAHA; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN more... Symptoms of metabolic acidosis are not specific. The respiratory center in the brainstem is stimulated, and hyperventilation develops in an effort to compensate for the acidosis. As a result, patients may report varying degrees of dyspnea. Patients may also report chest pain, palpitations, headache, confusion, generalized weakness, and bone pain. Patients, especially children, also may present with nausea, vomiting, and decreased appetite. The clinical history in metabolic acidosis is helpful in establishing the etiology when symptoms relate to the underlying disorder. The age of onset and a family history of acidosis may point to inherited disorders, which usually start during childhood. Important points in the history include the following: History of diabetes mellitus, alcoholism, or prolonged starvation - Accumulation of ketoacids Polyuria, increased thirst, epigastric pain, vomiting - Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) Nocturia, polyuria, pruritus, and anorexia - Renal failure [ 9 ] Ingestion of drugs or toxins - Salicylates, acetazolamide, cyclosporine, ethylene glycol, methanol, metformin, topiramate Visual symptoms, including dimming, photophobia, scotomata - Methanol ingestion Tinnitus, blurred vision, and vertigo - Salicylate overdose The best recognized sign of metabolic acidosis is Kussmaul respirations, a form of hyperventilation that serves to increase minute ventilatory volume. This is characterized by an increase in tidal volume rather than respiratory rate and is appreciated as deliberate, slow, deep breathing. Chronic metabolic acidosis in children may be associated with stunted growth and rickets. Coma and hypotension have been reported with acute severe metabo Continue reading >>

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