Lactic acidosis refers to lactic acid build up in the bloodstream. Lactic acid is produced when oxygen levels become low in cells within the areas of the body where metabolism takes place.
The most common cause of lactic acidosis is severe medical illness in which blood pressure is low and too little oxygen is reaching the body's tissues. Intense exercise or convulsions can cause temporary cause lactic acidosis. Certain diseases can also cause the condition, including:
Some medicines can rarely cause lactic acidosis:
Symptoms may include:
The main treatment for lactic acidosis is to correct the medical problem that causes the condition.
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