Metabolic acidosis in the alcoholic: a pathophysiologic approach.

  title={Metabolic acidosis in the alcoholic: a pathophysiologic approach.},
  author={Mitchell L. Halperin and M D Hammeke and Robert G. Josse and Robert L Jungas},
  journal={Metabolism: clinical and experimental},
  volume={32 3},
The purpose of this paper is to review the acid-base abnormalities in patients presenting with metabolic acidosis due to acute ethanol ingestion and to review the theoretical constraints on ethanol metabolism in the liver. Alcohol-induced acidosis is a mixed acid-base disturbance. Metabolic acidosis is due to lactic acidosis, ketoacidosis and acetic acidosis but the degree of each varies from patient to patient. Metabolic alkalosis is frequently present due to ethanol-induced vomiting. However… CONTINUE READING
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