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Alcoholic ketoacidosis

  • Definition

    Alcoholic ketoacidosis is the buildup of ketones in the blood. Ketones are a type of acid that form when the body breaks down fat for energy.

    The condition is an acute form of metabolic acidosis.


    Alternative Names

    Ketoacidosis - alcoholic


    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Alcoholic ketoacidosis is caused by excessive alcohol use. It is most often seen in a malnourished person who drinks large amounts of alcohol every day.