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Metabolic acidosis

  • Alternative Names

    Acidosis - metabolic


    Most symptoms are caused by the underlying disease or condition that is causing the metabolic acidosis. Metabolic acidosis itself usually causes rapid breathing. Confusion or lethargy may also occur. Severe metabolic acidosis can lead to shock or death. In some situations, metabolic acidosis can be a mild, chronic (ongoing) condition.

    Signs and tests
    • Arterial blood gas
    • Serum electrolytes
    • Urine pH

    Arterial blood gas analysis or a serum electrolytes test (such as a basic metabolic panel) will confirm acidosis is present and determine whether it is respiratory acidosis or metabolic acidosis.

    Other test may be needed to determine the cause of the acidosis.