How does lactic acid accumulate and what serum level is considered diagnostic of lactic acidosis?

Updated: Oct 10, 2018
  • Author: Christie P Thomas, MBBS, FRCP, FASN, FAHA; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Lactic acid accumulates in blood whenever production is increased or use is decreased. A value greater than 4-5 mEq/L is considered diagnostic of lactic acidosis.


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