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An abnormally high acidity of the blood and other body tissues. Acidosis can be either respiratory or metabolic.

Symptoms of Acidosis

The following features are indicative of Acidosis:
  • headache
  • shortness of breath
  • vomiting
  • confusion
  • feeling tired
  • diarrhea
  • coma
  • sleepiness
  • flapping tremor
  • dysfunction of cerebrum

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Common Causes of Acidosis

The following are the most common causes of Acidosis:
  • when arterial pH falls below 7.35
  • renal disease
  • diabetes
  • diarrhea

Risk Factors for Acidosis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Acidosis:
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • systemic lupus erythematosus
  • urinary tract obstruction

Prevention of Acidosis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Acidosis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • intake of potassium and magnesium citrates supplements

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Acidosis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Acidosis:
  • Arterial blood gas analysis: Helps to measure amounts of arterial gases
  • Electrolytes test: To look for the disease
  • Chest x-ray: To determine the exact cause of disease
  • CT (Computed tomography) abdomen: Helps to diagnose the disease

Complications of Acidosis if untreated

Yes, Acidosis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Acidosis is left untreated:
  • coma

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Acidosis.

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