What is the role of lactic acid in the treatment for 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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If the process leading to lactic acidosis is corrected, lactic acid can be used again by the liver to produce HCO3- on an equimolar basis. This is important, because rebound alkalosis can occur if the patient has received an excessive amount of alkali during the acidemia.


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