Metabolic acidosis characterized by the accumulation of lactate in the body. It is caused by tissue hypoxia.

Symptoms of Lactic Acidosis

The following features are indicative of Lactic Acidosis:
  • nausea
  • weakness
  • rapid deep breathing
It is possible that Lactic Acidosis shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Lactic Acidosis

The following are the most common causes of Lactic Acidosis:
  • AIDS
  • cancer
  • kidney failure
  • respiratory failure
  • sepsis

Risk Factors for Lactic Acidosis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Lactic Acidosis:
  • being female
  • pregnancy
  • obesity
  • poor liver function
  • lower CD4 count

Prevention of Lactic Acidosis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Lactic Acidosis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • use of sodium bicarbonate solutions

Occurrence of Lactic Acidosis

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Lactic Acidosis cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Gender

Lactic Acidosis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Lactic Acidosis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Lactic Acidosis:
  • Blood testing: Helps in diagnosing the electrolyte levels
  • Arterial blood gas testing: Helps in diagnosis of acid base disturbances

Doctor for Diagnosis of Lactic Acidosis

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Lactic Acidosis:
  • Endocrinologist

Complications of Lactic Acidosis if untreated

Yes, Lactic Acidosis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Lactic Acidosis is left untreated:
  • acute renal failure

Procedures for Treatment of Lactic Acidosis

The following procedures are used to treat Lactic Acidosis:
  • Hemofiltration: Helps in purification of blood

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Lactic Acidosis

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Lactic Acidosis:
  • Use of sodium bicarbonate solutions: Helps in improving the pH levels
  • Use of ketogenic diet: To cope with mitochondrial disorders

Time for Treatment of Lactic Acidosis

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Lactic Acidosis to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 3 - 6 months

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Lactic Acidosis.

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