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Toxin-induced Metabolic Acidosis

Toxin-induced Metabolic Acidosis

Acid-base disorders, poisoning, toxic, toxins, overdose, metabolic acidosis, acidosis, anion gap metabolic acidosis, strong ion gap acidosis Metabolic acidosis is a common and serious presentation of several toxins. Toxin-induced metabolic acidosis can be due to multiple diverse pathways and can become become evident at various stages and time-frames of the poisoning. These include organic acid production through metabolic pathways, exogenous acid addition, tissue hypoperfusion, renal impairment and cytopathic pathways. These variable pathways and presentations make the diagnosis and treatment challenging, and when a poisoning is suspected, consultation with a regional poison center and toxicologist is hightly recommended. There are numerous toxins that produce acid-base disturbances; however, we will only discuss the most common and serious toxins that result in a metabolic acidosis. The clinical features of metabolic acidosis are similar regardless of the etiology. Depending on the toxin, type and amount of exposure, there may be other specific clinical features. These may include respiratory compensatory signs such as tachypnea and Kussmaul respirations. Hyperventilation (rapid shallow or Kussmaul respirations). Chest pain, cardiac dysrhythmias, palpations. Many poisoned patients are unable to provide a reliable history; therefore, laboratory and other ancillary testing is essential. Some patients will present with classic toxidromes (e.g. opioid, anticholinergic, cholinergic or sympathomimetic), others will have family or friends relay important information regarding recent activity and possible exposure. To adequately assess these patients, it is essential to use a systematic approach, as many different poisons will have subtle overlapping signs and symptoms. Mana Continue reading >>

How Acidosis Develops During Exercise

How Acidosis Develops During Exercise

Vigorous exercise causes lactic acid to accumulate in our muscles, making them acidotic. New research shows that several key organs play a surprising role in this process even during moderate exercise. It was previously thought that the kidneys were to blame for the muscles becoming acidotic during vigorous exercise like sprinting on a bicycle. But this has now been shown to be incorrect. (Photo: Colourbox) If you have ever tried sprinting hard on a bicycle, you will know about the heavy sensation coming from your legs. It happens because the muscles accumulate lactic acid, and this makes them acidotic. New research shows what happens when the lactic acid concentration in the blood reaches 4 millimoles per litre (4 mmol/l). The stamina of athletes is often tested at this lactic acid level, since it is known that 4 mmol/l is the most appropriate level for exercise. Researchers from Aalborg University and Copenhagen University Hospital have discovered that when the lactic acid concentration in the blood is 4 mmol/l, it is the liver, not the kidneys as previously thought, which is unable to eliminate lactic acid quickly enough. The concentration of lactic acid is observed to increase exponentially with the muscle workload. At the commencement of exercise, anaerobic metabolism takes place. This form of metabolism, which does not use oxygen, causes the formation of lactic acid. As the lungs begin to supply more oxygen to the body, aerobic metabolism also comes into play. (Photo: Colourbox) The study itself was carried out by a team led by Associate Professor Stefanos Volianitis of the Department of Health Science and Technology at Aalborg University. He believes the new results could have significance for the way we view the role of various body organs during exercise. "The Continue reading >>

Ph Of The Blood - 6 - Causes Of Abnormality - M J Bookallil

Ph Of The Blood - 6 - Causes Of Abnormality - M J Bookallil

A rise in concentration of any of these acids in the blood causes a fall in the pH of the blood. Loss of acid from the blood (e.g. into gastric juice) causes a rise in the pH. Only HCl and H2CO3 can be lost from the blood in appreciable quantities. The bases which can cause changes in blood pH are: Administration of base by mouth or parenterally may cause blood pH to rise if rate of excretion does not match rate of administration. Loss of alkaline fluid from bowel (diarrhoea, intestinal obstruction or intestinal fistulae), or urine (after acetoazolamide) will cause blood pH to fall. 6.3 CLINICAL CLASSIFICATION OF CAUSES OF CHANGES IN BLOOD pH Clinical states of pH disturbence (acid-base inbalance) can conveniently be divided into two groups, i.e. (a)respiratory and (b)metabolic or non-respiratory. The reasons for this division into respiratory and non-respiratory are that: i) the compensatory mechanisms ( Section 3.5.1 ) and treatments ( Section 7 ) of the two types are different.; ii) the recognition of non-respiratory disturbances is masked by compensatory alterations in PCO2 and the recognition of changes in pH caused by PCO2 changes are masked by renal compensation. 6.3.1 RESPIRATORY ACIDOSIS. This is synonymous with CO2 retention and is usually a sign of hypoventilation. Compensation is renal. There is renal loss HCl in the form of buffer or as NH4Cl. During recvovery chloride has to be supplied and retained. 6.3.1.2 Inhalational of CO2 This is another cause of respiratory acidosis, but it is only likely to occur under situations of re-breathing, e.g. under anaesthesia or during resuscitation with a Water's cannister circuit without the cannister, i.e. ward resuscitators or Type C anaesthetic systems. ( Mapleson, 1954 ). 6.3.1.3 Increased production of CO2. This v Continue reading >>

Dehydration And Acidosis

Dehydration And Acidosis

M. Gideon Hoyle is a writer living outside of Houston. Previously, he produced brochures and a wide variety of other materials for a nonprofit educational foundation. He now specializes in topics related to health, exercise and nutrition, publishing for various websites. A woman takes a rest from running in the park with a bottle of water.Photo Credit: m-imagephotography/iStock/Getty Images Fluid depletion, also called dehydration, is a condition characterized by decreases in fluid consumption, increases in fluid loss or a combination of these two factors. If left untreated, dehydration can have serious medical consequences, including the development of metabolic acidosis, a condition marked by an excessive production of body acids or impairments in normal acid removal. In most cases, dehydration is caused by the presence of diarrhea, according to the Merck Manuals Online Medical Library. The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) lists additional potential causes that include sun overexposure and use of fluid-depleting medications such as diuretics. Typically, your loss of body fluid will be accompanied by a loss of body salts, or electrolytes, such as potassium, sodium and phosphorus. Infants, young children and the elderly are particularly at risk for the development of dehydration. The UMMC lists potential symptoms of dehydration as fatigue, thirst, dry skin, decreases in urine output or frequency, confusion, dry mouth, dry mucous membranes, lightheadedness, dizziness, and increases in breathing rate and heart rate. If your infant develops dehydration, he may experience additional symptoms that include lack of tears when crying, high fever, dry tongue and mouth, irritability, listlessness, abnormally slack skin, lack of a wet diaper for three hours or longer Continue reading >>

Acid-base Balance And Blood Ph

Acid-base Balance And Blood Ph

Acid-base Balance and pH Blood pH The term pH means potentials of Hydrogen. Acidity and alkalinity are expressed on the pH scale, which ranges from 0 (strongly acidic) to 14 (strongly basic, or alkaline). A pH of 7.0, in the middle of this scale, is neutral. Blood is normally slightly basic, alkaline, with a pH range of 7.35 to 7.45. To function properly, the body maintains the pH of blood close to 7.40. An important property of blood is its degree of acidity and alkalinity, and this is referred to as acid-base balance. The acidity or alkalinity of the blood is indicated on the pH scale. - The acidity level increases when the level of acidic compounds in the blood rises or when the level of alkaline compounds in the blood falls. Alkalinity levels increases with the reverse process. - The level of acidic or alkaline compounds in the body rises through increased intake, production, or decreased elimination and falls through decreased intake, production, or increased elimination. The Importance of Blood pH Blood pH and Cell Health; we live and die at a cellular level. The blood pH has a serious effect on all of the body’s systems and the body uses different mechanisms to control the blood’s acid-base balance. The blood’s acid-base balance is controlled by the body because even minor deviations from the normal range can severely affect the brain, arteries, the heart, muscles, and many organs. It can contribute to overwhelming the body leading to serious disease such as cancer. “Inflammatory disorders often increase the risk of cancer” - Merck: Risk Factors for Cancer “If the pH deviates too far in either direction, cells become poisoned by their own toxic waste and die. An imbalance pH can cause serious health problems and can lead to the progression of most deg Continue reading >>

Metabolic Acidosis

Metabolic Acidosis

What is metabolic acidosis? The buildup of acid in the body due to kidney disease or kidney failure is called metabolic acidosis. When your body fluids contain too much acid, it means that your body is either not getting rid of enough acid, is making too much acid, or cannot balance the acid in your body. What causes metabolic acidosis? Healthy kidneys have many jobs. One of these jobs is to keep the right balance of acids in the body. The kidneys do this by removing acid from the body through urine. Metabolic acidosis is caused by a build-up of too many acids in the blood. This happens when your kidneys are unable to adequately remove the acid from your blood. What are the signs and symptoms? Not everyone will have signs or symptoms. However, you may experience: Long and deep breaths Fast heartbeat Headache and/or confusion Weakness Feeling very tired Vomiting and/or feeling sick to your stomach (nausea) Loss of appetite If you experience any of these, it is important to let your healthcare provider know immediately. What are the complications of metabolic acidosis if I have kidney disease or kidney failure? Increased bone loss (osteoporosis): Metabolic acidosis can lead to a loss of bone in your body. This can lead to a higher chance of fractures in important bones like your hips or backbone. Progression of kidney disease: Metabolic acidosis can make your kidney disease worse. Exactly how this happens is not clear. As acid builds up, kidney function lowers; and as kidney function lowers, acid builds up. This can lead to the progression of kidney disease. Muscle loss: Albumin is an important protein in your body that helps build and keep muscles healthy. Metabolic acidosis lowers the amount of albumin created in your body, and leads to muscle loss, or what is called Continue reading >>

Lactic Acidosis And Exercise

Lactic Acidosis And Exercise

Lactic acid builds up naturally in the muscles during vigorous activity. Sometimes if we've overdone it during a workout or run, the body can't clear lactic acid or lactate quickly enough, and lactic acid levels build up. Lactic acid can irritate muscles, causing discomfort and soreness. Sore muscles after exercising is called delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS. Lactic acid is just one cause of DOMS. Because lactic acid is removed from muscles between a few hours to under a day after a workout, it can't be blamed for lasting soreness some days after working out. Cooling down or warming down after exercise can help remove the lactic acid as well as letting the heart rate slow down more gradually. Some severe medical conditions can also cause lactic acidosis, which can be dangerous. During exercise, muscles metabolise glucose (sugar) into energy. Muscles receive glucose continually through the blood, and also have their own stores of sugar (called glycogen). Every person has an upper limit of exercise ability, called the anaerobic threshold or lactate threshold. The lactate threshold is basically a measurement of how fit the heart and blood vessels are. With regular exercise training, a persons lactate threshold goes up. Exercising at an intensity level below the lactate threshold produces very little lactic acid and the body quickly clears what is produced. A person can exercise below the lactate threshold for a long time, even for hours. Once the intensity of exercise exceeds the lactate threshold, muscles begin to use glucose inefficiently, through alternative chemical reactions. Lactic acid is produced and can rapidly build up in the blood and muscles. When a person's exercise intensity crosses the lactate threshold the activity rapidly becomes much more difficult Continue reading >>

Symptoms Of Acidosis And Their Affect On The Human Body

Symptoms Of Acidosis And Their Affect On The Human Body

Symptoms of acidosis can be alarming for any person who is unaware of its existence in their body or do not understand the disorder. The symptoms of acidosis can be different depend on its cause. Acidosis disrupts proper cellular function and activity, leading to various disease and sickness. Common causes of acidosis include an existence of an underlying illness, diabetes, smoking, poor diet, kidney disorders, genetic factors or excessive use of alcohol. Technically, acidosis is defined as an increase of hydrogen ion concentration at the cellular level. This in due course leads to acidity of blood plasma. Acidosis is usually diagnosed when the blood pH of an individual falls below 7.35. To determine the cause of acidosis, an arterial blood gas analysis is required. There are two types of acidosis- metabolic and respiratory. Respiratory acidosis is caused when the lungs become incapable of getting rid of carbon dioxide by themselves. Metabolic acidosis occurs due to the failure of the kidneys to eliminate enough acid from the body. Primary Symptoms of Acidosis Regardless of whether you are suffering from metabolic or respiratory acidosis, symptoms of acidosis are usually similar. Take a look at some of the primary signs and symptoms of acidosis listed below. • Fatigue • Confusion • Headaches • Shortness of breath • Bad breath • Lethargy • Body odor or excessive sweating • Sleepiness • Under- eye dark circles Acidosis causes the human cells to be exposed to acidic environment repeatedly, leading to a drop in oxygen levels. Lack of oxygen can sometimes lead to severe acidosis symptoms including shock or death. However, most symptoms listed above usually occur due to lack of oxygen in the body. Symptoms of Acidosis: Mental Symptoms One of the most common Continue reading >>

A Rare Cause Of Metabolic (lactic) Acidosis Highlighted

A Rare Cause Of Metabolic (lactic) Acidosis Highlighted

A rare cause of metabolic (lactic) acidosis highlighted Summarized from Giacalone M, Martinelli R, Abramo A et al. Rapid reversal of severe lactic acidosis after thiamine administration in critically ill adults: a report of three cases. Nutrition in Clinical Practice 2015; 30: 104-10Salvatori G, Mondi V, Piersigelli F et al. Thiamine deficiency in a developed country: acute lactic acidosis in two neonates due to unsupplemented parenteral nutrition. J Parenter Enteral Nutr 2015. Published online Jan 2015 ahead of print publication. Available at: Lactic acidosis, the most common kind of metabolic acidosis, is characterized by reduced blood pH (usually <7.25) in association with marked increase in blood lactate (usually >5.0 mmol/L). Lactic acidosis has many possible causes but two broad etiological classes have been defined: type A (hypoxic) lactic acidosis and type B (non-hypoxic) lactic acidosis. Of the two, type A lactic acidosis, i.e. lactic acidosis arising from reduced tissue perfusion and/or severe hypoxemia, is the more common. In the absence of an adequate oxygen supply, tissue cells must depend on less efficient anaerobic metabolism of glucose for its energy production, and this alternative metabolic pathway results in accumulation of lactic acid. Type B lactic acidosis (i.e. lactic acidosis in the presence of adequate tissue perfusion and normal blood oxygenation) has many possible causes, including a range of medicinal drugs, liver failure, renal disease, diabetic ketoacidosis, hematological malignancy, and some inherited defects of metabolism. Deficiency of vitamin B1 (thiamine) is a very rare cause of type B lactic acidosis that is highlighted in two recently published papers. The mechanism of lactic acidosis in vitamin B1 deficiency is explained by the fac 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 >>

Causes Of Lactic Acidosis

Causes Of Lactic Acidosis

INTRODUCTION AND DEFINITION Lactate levels greater than 2 mmol/L represent hyperlactatemia, whereas lactic acidosis is generally defined as a serum lactate concentration above 4 mmol/L. Lactic acidosis is the most common cause of metabolic acidosis in hospitalized patients. Although the acidosis is usually associated with an elevated anion gap, moderately increased lactate levels can be observed with a normal anion gap (especially if hypoalbuminemia exists and the anion gap is not appropriately corrected). When lactic acidosis exists as an isolated acid-base disturbance, the arterial pH is reduced. However, other coexisting disorders can raise the pH into the normal range or even generate an elevated pH. (See "Approach to the adult with metabolic acidosis", section on 'Assessment of the serum anion gap' and "Simple and mixed acid-base disorders".) Lactic acidosis occurs when lactic acid production exceeds lactic acid clearance. The increase in lactate production is usually caused by impaired tissue oxygenation, either from decreased oxygen delivery or a defect in mitochondrial oxygen utilization. (See "Approach to the adult with metabolic acidosis".) The pathophysiology and causes of lactic acidosis will be reviewed here. The possible role of bicarbonate therapy in such patients is discussed separately. (See "Bicarbonate therapy in lactic acidosis".) PATHOPHYSIOLOGY A review of the biochemistry of lactate generation and metabolism is important in understanding the pathogenesis of lactic acidosis [1]. Both overproduction and reduced metabolism of lactate appear to be operative in most patients. Cellular lactate generation is influenced by the "redox state" of the cell. The redox state in the cellular cytoplasm is reflected by the ratio of oxidized and reduced nicotine ad Continue reading >>

Symptoms Of Acidosis And What Causes It

Symptoms Of Acidosis And What Causes It

Our Educational Content is Not Meant or Intended for Medical Advice or Treatment Acidosis is when the body becomes excessively acidic, particularly the body fluids and tissues. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not necessarily true that people should be more alkaline. There are certain parts of the body where the acidity and alkalinity and in-between should be maintained . The blood is slightly alkaline at 7.35 to 7.45. The stomach is at 3.5 or below, and the saliva’s normal pH is between 6.5 - 7.5. They need so to break down food. All in all, the body should be about normal at 7.35 – 7.45. People with acidosis experience several discomforts and sensitivities. The nervous system becomes irritable, so the person becomes edgy and dehydrated. The person tends to have breathing difficulties or sighs frequently like they can’t get enough air. Light and sound sensitivity can also be experiences, especially at night when driving in the dark. A lump in the throat, feeling stuffy in closed rooms, low tolerance to stress , being uncomfortable in high altitudes and abnormal sensitivity to pain are also symptoms of acidosis. This abnormal sensitivity to pain is when a person responds disproportionately to the little to the slightest pain. These hyper sensitivities and discomforts could be due to too much lactic acid build up. This comes from eating too many carbohydrates or sugar. Uric acid also spikes up and having too much protein turning into acid could be to blame. Going on a ketogenic diet could get one more acidic because of the ketones. These compounds are acidic, so in that case, consuming enough vegetables can neutralize the pH level with potassium. Potassium citrate is one of the best acidosis remedies . Calcium magnesium right before going to bed also helps neutr Continue reading >>

Renal Tubular Acidosis

Renal Tubular Acidosis

Each time our internal organs do something, such as digesting food or healing damaged tissue, chemical reactions take place in the body's cells. These reactions cause acid to go into the bloodstream. Normally, the kidneys remove excess acid from blood, but certain diseases, genetic defects, or drugs can damage a kidney's ability to do this important job. This can allow too much acid to build up in the blood and cause problems. When this happens, it's called renal tubular acidosis (RTA). Without treatment, RTA can affect a child's growth and cause kidney stones , fatigue, muscle weakness, and other symptoms. Over time, untreated acidosis can lead to long-term problems like bone disease, kidney disease , and kidney failure. Fortunately, such complications are rare, since most cases of RTA can be effectively treated with medicines or by treating the condition that's causing the acid to build up. The kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs located toward the back of the abdominal cavity, just above the waist. The kidneys remove waste products and extra water from the food a person eats, returning chemicals the body needs (such as sodium, phosphorus, and potassium) back into the bloodstream. The extra water combines with other waste to become urine (pee). The main functional units of the kidneys, where the blood filtering happens, are tiny structures called nephrons. Each kidney has about a million nephrons, and each nephron has a renal tubule, a tube where the acid and waste products filtered from the blood are secreted into urine. Having a disease or defect can interfere with how the renal tubules function, which can lead to RTA. There are a few different kinds of RTA. The first two types are named for the part of the renal tubule in which the damage or defect is found. Continue reading >>

Excess Acidity In The Blood In Dogs

Excess Acidity In The Blood In Dogs

Imbalance in the acid-base level in the blood can result from many different conditions. The normal blood PH for dogs and other small animals is just above 7. As PH levels drop, the blood becomes more acidic and a condition known as metabolic acidosis occurs. A prolonged of state of acidosis can have a very negative effect on the body. It leads to arrhythmia, reduced heart function, depression and mineral loss in the bones. This condition rarely occurs on its own. It is a secondary factor to a number of diseases and conditions including malnutrition, shock, diabetes, kidney failure and some types of poison. Immediate treatment can sometimes be necessary to bring the blood levels back within a normal range. A long-term treatment plan will need to focus on resolving the underlying condition. Excessive acidity in the blood dogs leads to a PH level that is lower than normal on a blood test. Veterinarians define this as metabolic acidosis. It usually occurs as the result of another underlying condition. This condition will need to be treated in order to rectify the imbalance. Since acidosis occurs with many different illnesses, individual symptoms can be quite varied. Mild acidosis may be asymptomatic, while very severe conditions can have life threatening results. These are some of the symptoms you might notice in your dog: Vomiting Nausea Sustained diarrhea Hyperpnoea – deep breathing to maintain oxygen levels Heart arrhythmia Hypotension Coma Types Metabolic acidosis can be high anion gap or normal anion gap based on the specific chemistry of the blood. Respiratory acidosis is another type of acidic condition that is the result of carbon dioxide accumulation in the blood rather than enzyme imbalance. High Anion Gap Acidosis – more common among dogs Ketoacidosis – a Continue reading >>

Respiratory Acidosis

Respiratory Acidosis

Respiratory Acidosis Definition Respiratory acidosis is a condition in which a build-up of carbon dioxide in the blood produces a shift in the body's pH balance and causes the body's system to become more acidic. This condition is brought about by a problem either involving the lungs and respiratory system or signals from the brain that control breathing. Description Respiratory acidosis is an acid imbalance in the body caused by a problem related to breathing. In the lungs, oxygen from inhaled air is exchanged for carbon dioxide from the blood. This process takes place between the alveoli (tiny air pockets in the lungs) and the blood vessels that connect to them. When this exchange of oxygen for carbon dioxide is impaired, the excess carbon dioxide forms an acid in the blood. The condition can be acute with a sudden onset, or it can develop gradually as lung function deteriorates. Causes and symptoms Respiratory acidosis can be caused by diseases or conditions that affect the lungs themselves, such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, or severe pneumonia. Blockage of the airway due to swelling, a foreign object, or vomit can induce respiratory acidosis. Drugs like anesthetics, sedatives, and narcotics can interfere with breathing by depressing the respiratory center in the brain. Head injuries or brain tumors can also interfere with signals sent by the brain to the lungs. Such neuromuscular diseases as Guillain-Barré syndrome or myasthenia gravis can impair the muscles around the lungs making it more difficult to breathe. Conditions that cause chronic metabolic alkalosis can also trigger respiratory acidosis. The most notable symptom will be slowed or difficult breathing. Headache, drowsiness, restlessness, tremor, and confusion may also occur. A rapid heart rate Continue reading >>

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