Which pulmonary findings are characteristic of metabolic acidosis?

Updated: Oct 05, 2018
  • Author: Antonia Quinn, DO; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Patients with acute metabolic acidosis demonstrate tachypnea and hyperpnea as prominent physical signs.

Kussmaul respiration, an extremely intense respiratory effort, may be present.

Hyperventilation, in the absence of obvious lung disease, should alert the clinician to the possibility of an underlying metabolic acidosis.


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