What is metabolic acidosis?

Updated: Oct 10, 2018
  • Author: Christie P Thomas, MBBS, FRCP, FASN, FAHA; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Metabolic acidosis is a clinical disturbance characterized by an increase in plasma acidity. Metabolic acidosis should be considered a sign of an underlying disease process. Identification of this underlying condition is essential to initiate appropriate therapy. (See Etiology, DDx, Workup, and Treatment.)

Understanding the regulation of acid-base balance requires appreciation of the fundamental definitions and principles underlying this complex physiologic process.

Go to Pediatric Metabolic Acidosis and Emergent Management of Metabolic Acidosis for complete information on those topics.


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