Increased acidity in the blood secondary to acid base imbalance. Causes include diabetes, kidney failure and shock

Symptoms of Metabolic Acidosis

The following features are indicative of Metabolic Acidosis:
  • chest pain
  • palpitations
  • headache
  • anxiety
  • decreased visual acuity
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • abdominal pain
  • altered appetite
  • weight gain
  • muscle weakness
  • bone pain
  • joint pain
It is possible that Metabolic Acidosis shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Metabolic Acidosis

The following are the most common causes of Metabolic Acidosis:
  • lactic acidosis
  • ketoacidosis
  • chronic renal failure
  • excessive production of acid by body
  • kidneys inability to remove excessive acid from body

Risk Factors for Metabolic Acidosis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Metabolic Acidosis:
  • excessive alcohol consumption
  • cancer
  • heavy exercises
  • seizures

Prevention of Metabolic Acidosis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Metabolic Acidosis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • by neutralizing the acidosis with infusions of bicarbonate ions

Occurrence of Metabolic Acidosis

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Metabolic Acidosis cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Common between 1 - 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Metabolic Acidosis most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • after birth

Common Gender

Metabolic Acidosis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Metabolic Acidosis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Metabolic Acidosis:
  • Basic metabolic panel: Group of blood tests to measure sodium and potassium levels
  • Urinalysis: Reveals severe acidic and alkalinic conditions
  • Arterial blood gas sampling: Helps in diagnosis of metabolic acidosis

Doctor for Diagnosis of Metabolic Acidosis

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

Complications of Metabolic Acidosis if untreated

Yes, Metabolic Acidosis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Metabolic Acidosis is left untreated:
  • lethargy
  • stupor
  • coma
  • seizures
  • cardiac arrhythmias
  • shock

Procedures for Treatment of Metabolic Acidosis

The following procedures are used to treat Metabolic Acidosis:
  • Dialysis: Clears both the intoxication and the acidosis

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Metabolic Acidosis

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Metabolic Acidosis:
  • Sodium bicarbonate therapy: Reduces the acidity of the blood

Time for Treatment of Metabolic Acidosis

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Metabolic Acidosis to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • More than 1 year

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 11/21/2019.
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