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Metabolic Acidosis

Metabolic Acidosis

Metabolic acidosis, defined as a venous pH < 7.35 is relatively common in dogs. The opposite condition is metabolic alkalosis. Metabolic acidosis is characterized by a decrease in plasma bicarbonate concentration < 18 mEq/L. It occurs as a result of loss of NaHCO3-rich fluids from the intestine or kidneys, increased acid production due to metabolism or reduced excretion of acids (anions). Causes include: Peritoneal dialysis Clinical signs often relate to underlying disease but depression and compensatory tachypnea may be observed. In metabolic acidosis a predisposition of cardiac abnormalities, particularly ventricular arrhythmia and ventricular fibrillation, can be observed. Treatment usually requires addressing underlying disease conditions and aggressive intravenous fluid therapy, usually with lactated Ringer's solution[11]. Only in patients with pH < 7.2, should NaHCO3 be added to the solution. In patients with respiratory acidosis secondary to hypoventilation, NaHCO3 therapy should be avoided because it inevitably decreases respiratory drive, thereby worsening acidosis and hypoxemia[12] As well, dogs with normochloremic metabolic acidosis caused by ketoacidosis are also less likely to benefit from NaHCO3 therapy[13]. In these patients, as organic acids are metabolized they form bicarbonate anions resulting in rebound alkalosis if NaHCO3 has been administered concurrently. References Continue reading >>

Metabolic Acidosis Due To Paracetamol (acetaminophen)

Metabolic Acidosis Due To Paracetamol (acetaminophen)

Summarized from McGregor A, Laight N, Nolan S. Paracetamol and high anion gap metabolic acidosis. J Intensive Care Society 2012; 13: 54-56 Armenian P, Gerona R, Blanc P et al. 5-oxoprolinemia causing elevated anion gap metabolic acidosis in the setting of acetaminophen use. J Emerg Med 2012; 43: 54-57 Metabolic acidosis is a common metabolic disturbance among the acutely/critically ill that has many possible causes. The condition is diagnosed by arterial blood gas analysis which reveals primary reduction in pH and bicarbonate, followed by secondary (compensatory) reduction in pCO2. Abnormal accumulation of endogenous organic acids is one broad mechanism that gives rise to metabolic acidosis, which is differentiated from other mechanisms by being associated with high anion gap. The most common endogenous organic acid metabolic acidosis are: lactic acidosis (accumulation of lactic acid) and ketoacidosis (accumulation of ketoacids). Rarer causes of high anion gap metabolic acidosis due to organic acid accumulation are those that result from ingestion of a toxic substance whose metabolism involves production of an organic acid. For example, the toxicity of ethylene glycol is due in part to its metabolism to oxalic acid and the metabolic acidosis that results from accumulating oxalic acid. In recent years there has been increasing recognition that regular/frequent paracetamol use at recommended dosage is a risk factor for high anion gap metabolic acidosis because it can be associated with accumulation in blood of the organic acid, 5-oxoproline (alternative name pyroglutamic acid). Two recently published papers contain three illustrative case histories. The first paper focuses on two similar case histories including that of a 63-year-old woman with mild chronic kidney disease Continue reading >>

Primary Hypocapnia: A Cause Of Metabolic Acidosis

Primary Hypocapnia: A Cause Of Metabolic Acidosis

In the presence of severe, sustained hypocapnia produced in dogs by mechanical hyperventilation, a bicarbonate deficit has been observed. The development of this deficit was progressive and did not terminate at pH compensation. The consequence of this progressive deficit was metabolic acidosis. Simultaneous with the increasing bicarbonate deficit, a rise in lactic and pyruvic acids was observed. Most of the bicarbonate deficit could be accounted for by the rise in the organic acids. In a series of experiments in which pH and pCO2 have been independently controlled, the rise in lactic and pyruvic acids was only associated with reduced pCO2. No rise in lactic and pyruvic acids occurred during hypoxia unless associated with hypocapnia. The rise in lactic and pyruvic acids plays a major role in the compensation for respiratory alkalosis. This process of compensation, although homeostatic in regard to pH, may be considered a pathologic state characterized by a progressive bicarbonate deficit. This deficit may be extensive enough to result in metabolic acidosis. Note: (With the Technical Assistance of J. Sellner, C. Pfeffer, and D. Larson) Submitted on November 29, 1961 Vital capacity, expiratory reserve volume, and functional residual capacity were determined on 11 normal controls and 25 postpoliomyelitis patients with a chronic flaccid respiratory paralysis. In general, the expiratory reserve volume diminished concomitantly with the vital capacity. As the residual volume was the same in the two groups the lost expiratory reserve volume of the patients had not been added to it. The expiratory reserve volume and functional residual capacity were significantly smaller in the patient group than in the controls. Relaxation pressure-volume curves determined for ten patients and e Continue reading >>

An Under Recognised Cause Of Metabolic Acidosis

An Under Recognised Cause Of Metabolic Acidosis

The MUDPALES mnemonic for raised anion gap acidosis was drilled into me from medical school. However recently after working through each category I became stumped when nothing ticked the box to identify the cause. The lady I had been asked to see was in her 80s and had fractured her hip. On admission she had normal renal function and acid base status. Post-operatively she was started on regular analgesia including paracetamol (acetaminophen) and developed a Staphlococcus Aureus wound cellulitis treated with flucloxacillin. Over the following 2 weeks she developed a raised anion gap acidosis and positive urinary anion gap. Renal function, lactate and ketones were normal. A cause of metabolic acidosis not in MUDPILES is pyroglutamic acidosis. Pyroglutamic acid (also called 5-oxoproline) is a by-product in the gamma-glutamyl cycle. This pathway is involved in the synthesis of glutathione, and is shown above from a recent paper. Glutathione provides negative feedback on the cycle by inhibiting the enzyme gamma-glutamyl-cysteine synthase. An acquired deficiency in glutathione, as with alcohol or paracetamol, results in loss of this negative feedback and increased production of 5-oxoproline leading to a metabolic acidosis. Other drugs affect the cycle at different points including flucloxacillin which inhibits 5-oxoprolinase similarly resulting in build-up of 5-oxoproline. Urine amino acid screens show high levels of 5-oxoproline, though this test is not always available. Our patient improved with withdrawal of paracetamol and flucloxacillin and oral bicarbonate which was stopped after a week. Some cases have been treated with N-acetylcysteine to replenish glutathione levels. I think this is probably an under-recognised cause of metabolic acidosis with many of the risk factor Continue reading >>

Metabolic Acidosis

Metabolic Acidosis

Metabolic acidosis is primary reduction in bicarbonate (HCO3−), typically with compensatory reduction in carbon dioxide partial pressure (Pco2); pH may be markedly low or slightly subnormal. Metabolic acidoses are categorized as high or normal anion gap based on the presence or absence of unmeasured anions in serum. Causes include accumulation of ketones and lactic acid, renal failure, and drug or toxin ingestion (high anion gap) and GI or renal HCO3− loss (normal anion gap). Symptoms and signs in severe cases include nausea and vomiting, lethargy, and hyperpnea. Diagnosis is clinical and with ABG and serum electrolyte measurement. The cause is treated; IV sodium bicarbonate may be indicated when pH is very low. Acidemia (arterial pH < 7.35) results when acid load overwhelms respiratory compensation. Causes are classified by their effect on the anion gap (see The Anion Gap and see Table: Causes of Metabolic Acidosis). High anion gap acidosis Ketoacidosis is a common complication of type 1 diabetes mellitus (see diabetic ketoacidosis), but it also occurs with chronic alcoholism (see alcoholic ketoacidosis), undernutrition, and, to a lesser degree, fasting. In these conditions, the body converts from glucose to free fatty acid (FFA) metabolism; FFAs are converted by the liver into ketoacids, acetoacetic acid, and beta-hydroxybutyrate (all unmeasured anions). Ketoacidosis is also a rare manifestation of congenital isovaleric and methylmalonic acidemia. Lactic acidosis is the most common cause of metabolic acidosis in hospitalized patients. Lactate accumulation results from a combination of excess formation and decreased utilization of lactate. Excess lactate production occurs during states of anaerobic metabolism. The most serious form occurs during the various types o Continue reading >>

Metabolic Acidosis: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Prognosis, Prevention

Metabolic Acidosis: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Prognosis, Prevention

Acidosis- A medical condition in which the fluids present in the body start to develop increased amount of acidic content making the body fluids acidic. There are two types of Acidosis- Respiratory Acidosis and Metabolic Acidosis. Respiratory Acidosis occurs as a result of malfunction of lungs. Metabolic Acidosis occurs as a result of malfunction of the kidneys. In this article, we will look into about Metabolic Acidosis. We will look into the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of Metabolic Acidosis. As stated, Metabolic Acidosis is a medical disorder in which the body starts producing excessive amounts of acid and/or the kidneys are not able to remove enough acidic content from the body. If not corrected at the appropriate time, Metabolic Acidosis can lead to a medical condition called acidemia in which pH scale in the blood gets low as a result of the kidneys being unable to form bicarbonates in the body. Causes Of Metabolic Acidosis The amount of acid in the blood can is determined by measuring the pH. A lower value of the pH means that the blood is acidic and a higher value of pH means that rhe blood is basic. Ideal pH value in the blood should be around 7.5. There are many processes in an individual's body which produces acid. Usually, the lungs and the kidneys take care of the excess production of acid; however, if there is a malfunction of these organs it results in Acidosis. As stated, Metabolic Acidosis begins in the kidneys. It develops when the kidneys are not able to discard excessive acid or in cases when they discard too much basic content from the body. Metabolic Acidosis is of three types: Diabetic Acidosis: This occurs in poorly controlled diabetes patients. In this form, there is formation of excess ketones making the blood acidic. Hyperchloremic Acidosi Continue reading >>

Common Causes Of Metabolic Acidosis

Common Causes Of Metabolic Acidosis

Metabolic acidosis is a condition that occurs when too much acid accumulates within the body. Metabolic acidosis is typically caused by underlying conditions that cause the excess acid levels. Patients with metabolic acidosis develop rapid breathing, confusion, lethargy, shock and, in untreated cases, death, according to MedlinePlus, a National Institutes of Health website. Treatment focuses on curing the diseases causing the metabolic acidosis. Video of the Day Diabetes mellitus can cause metabolic acidosis. The disease prevents the body from utilizing sugar within the bloodstream. Therefore, the body breaks down fat and protein for energy. The by-products of this degradation are molecules called ketones. Ketones are acidic substances that build up in patients with untreated diabetes. High ketone levels lead to a specific kind of metabolic acidosis called diabetic ketoacidosis. This condition can be fatal if medical treatment is not provided immediately. Typically, acid is filtered through the kidneys and excreted in the urine. However, patients with severe kidney disease are unable to properly filter and eliminate the acid from the bloodstream. Therefore, kidney disease can be a cause of metabolic acidosis, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Distal tubular acidosis and proximal renal tubular acidosis are diseases associated with metabolic acidosis. Treating the underlying kidney disease often results in a prompt reduction in acid levels. The body produces lactic acid during anaerobic respiration. The lactic acid builds up in the body and is removed by the liver. Increased production of lactic acid or diseases that prevent the removal of the acid can lead to metabolic acidosis, according to MedlinePlus. Lactic acidosis can be caused by excessive al Continue reading >>

Approach To The Adult With Metabolic Acidosis

Approach To The Adult With Metabolic Acidosis

INTRODUCTION On a typical Western diet, approximately 15,000 mmol of carbon dioxide (which can generate carbonic acid as it combines with water) and 50 to 100 mEq of nonvolatile acid (mostly sulfuric acid derived from the metabolism of sulfur-containing amino acids) are produced each day. Acid-base balance is maintained by pulmonary and renal excretion of carbon dioxide and nonvolatile acid, respectively. Renal excretion of acid involves the combination of hydrogen ions with urinary titratable acids, particularly phosphate (HPO42- + H+ —> H2PO4-), and ammonia to form ammonium (NH3 + H+ —> NH4+) [1]. The latter is the primary adaptive response since ammonia production from the metabolism of glutamine can be appropriately increased in response to an acid load [2]. Acid-base balance is usually assessed in terms of the bicarbonate-carbon dioxide buffer system: Dissolved CO2 + H2O <—> H2CO3 <—> HCO3- + H+ The ratio between these reactants can be expressed by the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation. By convention, the pKa of 6.10 is used when the dominator is the concentration of dissolved CO2, and this is proportional to the pCO2 (the actual concentration of the acid H2CO3 is very low): TI AU Garibotto G, Sofia A, Robaudo C, Saffioti S, Sala MR, Verzola D, Vettore M, Russo R, Procopio V, Deferrari G, Tessari P To evaluate the effects of chronic metabolic acidosis on protein dynamics and amino acid oxidation in the human kidney, a combination of organ isotopic ((14)C-leucine) and mass-balance techniques in 11 subjects with normal renal function undergoing venous catheterizations was used. Five of 11 studies were performed in the presence of metabolic acidosis. In subjects with normal acid-base balance, kidney protein degradation was 35% to 130% higher than protein synthesi Continue reading >>

Metabolic Acidosis

Metabolic Acidosis

Practice Essentials Metabolic acidosis is a clinical disturbance characterized by an increase in plasma acidity. Metabolic acidosis should be considered a sign of an underlying disease process. Identification of this underlying condition is essential to initiate appropriate therapy. (See Etiology, DDx, Workup, and Treatment.) Understanding the regulation of acid-base balance requires appreciation of the fundamental definitions and principles underlying this complex physiologic process. Go to Pediatric Metabolic Acidosis and Emergent Management of Metabolic Acidosis for complete information on those topics. Continue reading >>

Causes And Consequences Of Fetal Acidosis

Causes And Consequences Of Fetal Acidosis

The causes and consequences ofacute (minutes or hours) andchronic (days or weeks) fetal acidosis are different In the past much attention has been paid to acute acidosis during labour, but in previously normal fetuses this israrely associated with subsequent damage In contrast, chronic acidosis, which is often not detected antenatally, is associated with a significant increase in neurodevelopmental delay The identification of small for gestational age fetuses by ultrasound scans and the use of Doppler waveforms to detect which of these have placental dysfunction mean that these fetuses can be monitored antenatally Delivery before hypoxia has produced chronic acidosis, may prevent subsequent damage and good timing of delivery remains the only management option at present. What is acidosis? Acidosis means a high hydrogen ion concentration in the tissues. Acidaemia refers to a high hydrogen ion concentration in the blood and is the most easily measured indication of tissue acidosis. The unit most commonly used is pH, which is log to base 10 of the reciprocal of the hydrogen ion concentration. Whereas blood pH can change quickly, tissue pH is more stable. The cut off taken to define acidaemia in adults is a pH of less than 7.36, but after labour and normal delivery much lower values commonly occur in the fetus (pH 7.00), often with no subsequent ill effects. Studies looking at the pH of fetuses from cord blood samples taken antenatally and at delivery have established reference ranges. Other indices sometimes used to assess acidosis are the base excess or bicarbonate. Neither of these is measured by conventional blood gas machines but is calculated from the measured pH and pCO2. The major sources of hydrogen ions in the fetus are carbonic and lactic acids from aerobic and a Continue reading >>

Metabolic Acidosis: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatment

Metabolic Acidosis: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatment

The Terrible Effects of Acid Acid corrosion is a well-known fact. Acid rain can peel the paint off of a car. Acidifying ocean water bleaches and destroys coral reefs. Acid can burn a giant hole through metal. It can also burn holes, called cavities, into your teeth. I think I've made my point. Acid, regardless of where it's at, is going to hurt. And when your body is full of acid, then it's going to destroy your fragile, soft, internal organs even more quickly than it can destroy your bony teeth and chunks of thick metal. What Is Metabolic Acidosis? The condition that fills your body with proportionately too much acid is known as metabolic acidosis. Metabolic acidosis refers to a physiological state characterized by an increase in the amount of acid produced or ingested by the body, the decreased renal excretion of acid, or bicarbonate loss from the body. Metabolism is a word that refers to a set of biochemical processes within your body that produce energy and sustain life. If these processes go haywire, due to disease, then they can cause an excess production of hydrogen (H+) ions. These ions are acidic, and therefore the level of acidity in your body increases, leading to acidemia, an abnormally low pH of the blood, <7.35. The pH of the blood mimics the overall physiological state in the body. In short, a metabolic process is like a power plant producing energy. If a nuclear power plant goes haywire for any reason, then we know what the consequences will be: uncontrolled and excessive nuclear energetic reactions leading to the leakage of large amounts of radioactive material out into the environment. In our body, this radioactive material is acid (or hydrogen ions). Acidemia can also occur if the kidneys are sick and they do not excrete enough hydrogen ions out of th Continue reading >>

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Definition Metabolic acidosis is a condition in which there is too much acid in the body fluids. Alternative Names Acidosis - metabolic Causes Metabolic acidosis occurs when the body produces too much acid. It can also occur when the kidneys are not removing enough acid from the body. There are several types of metabolic acidosis. Diabetic acidosis develops when acidic substances, known as ketone bodies, build up in the body. This most often occurs with uncontrolled type 1 diabetes. It is also called diabetic ketoacidosis and DKA. Hyperchloremic acidosis results from excessive loss of sodium bicarbonate from the body. This can occur with severe diarrhea. Lactic acidosis results from a buildup of lactic acid. It can be caused by: Alcohol Cancer Exercising intensely Liver failure Medicines, such as salicylates Prolonged lack of oxygen from shock, heart failure, or severe anemia Seizures Other causes of metabolic acidosis include: Kidney disease (distal renal tubular acidosis and proximal renal tubular acidosis) Poisoning by aspirin, ethylene glycol (found in antifreeze), or methanol Severe dehydration Symptoms Most symptoms are caused by the underlying disease or condition that is causing the metabolic acidosis. Metabolic acidosis itself most often causes rapid breathing. Acting confused or very tired may also occur. Severe metabolic acidosis can lead to shock or death. In some situations, metabolic acidosis can be a mild, ongoing (chronic) condition. Exams and Tests These tests can help diagnose acidosis. They can also determine whether the cause is a breathing problem or a metabolic problem. Tests may include: Arterial blood gas Basic metabolic panel, (a group of blood tests that measure your sodium and potassium levels, kidney function, and other chemicals and function Continue reading >>

Causes Of Metabolic Acidosis In Canine Hemorrhagic Shock: Role Of Unmeasured Ions

Causes Of Metabolic Acidosis In Canine Hemorrhagic Shock: Role Of Unmeasured Ions

Abstract Metabolic acidosis during hemorrhagic shock is common and conventionally considered to be due to hyperlactatemia. There is increasing awareness, however, that other nonlactate, unmeasured anions contribute to this type of acidosis. Eleven anesthetized dogs were hemorrhaged to a mean arterial pressure of 45 mm Hg and were kept at this level until a metabolic oxygen debt of 120 mLO2/kg body weight had evolved. Blood pH, partial pressure of carbon dioxide, and concentrations of sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, chloride, lactate, albumin, and phosphate were measured at baseline, in shock, and during 3 hours post-therapy. Strong ion difference and the amount of weak plasma acid were calculated. To detect the presence of unmeasured anions, anion gap and strong ion gap were determined. Capillary electrophoresis was used to identify potential contributors to unmeasured anions. During induction of shock, pH decreased significantly from 7.41 to 7.19. The transient increase in lactate concentration from 1.5 to 5.5 mEq/L during shock was not sufficient to explain the transient increases in anion gap (+11.0 mEq/L) and strong ion gap (+7.1 mEq/L), suggesting that substantial amounts of unmeasured anions must have been generated. Capillary electrophoresis revealed increases in serum concentration of acetate (2.2 mEq/L), citrate (2.2 mEq/L), α-ketoglutarate (35.3 μEq/L), fumarate (6.2 μEq/L), sulfate (0.1 mEq/L), and urate (55.9 μEq/L) after shock induction. Large amounts of unmeasured anions were generated after hemorrhage in this highly standardized model of hemorrhagic shock. Capillary electrophoresis suggested that the hitherto unmeasured anions citrate and acetate, but not sulfate, contributed significantly to the changes in strong ion gap associated with induct Continue reading >>

Metabolic Acidosis.

Metabolic Acidosis.

Abstract Acute metabolic acidosis is frequently encountered in critically ill patients. Metabolic acidosis can occur as a result of either the accumulation of endogenous acids that consumes bicarbonate (high anion gap metabolic acidosis) or loss of bicarbonate from the gastrointestinal tract or the kidney (hyperchloremic or normal anion gap metabolic acidosis). The cause of high anion gap metabolic acidosis includes lactic acidosis, ketoacidosis, renal failure and intoxication with ethylene glycol, methanol, salicylate and less commonly with pyroglutamic acid (5-oxoproline), propylene glycole or djenkol bean (gjenkolism). The most common causes of hyperchloremic metabolic acidosis are gastrointestinal bicarbonate loss, renal tubular acidosis, drugs-induced hyperkalemia, early renal failure and administration of acids. The appropriate treatment of acute metabolic acidosis, in particular organic form of acidosis such as lactic acidosis, has been very controversial. The only effective treatment for organic acidosis is cessation of acid production via improvement of tissue oxygenation. Treatment of acute organic acidosis with sodium bicarbonate failed to reduce the morbidity and mortality despite improvement in acid-base parameters. Further studies are required to determine the optimal treatment strategies for acute metabolic acidosis. Continue reading >>

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