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Prognostic value of blood lactate in critically ill patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6326218     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Hyperlactatemia is frequently observed in critically ill patients. A correlation of blood lactate concentrations and outcome of patients has been proven in circulatory shock, circulatory arrest, acute myocardial infarction, acute hypnotic drug poisoning and severe pancreatitis. However, the prognostic relevance of hyperlactatemia yields from statistical examinations in larger groups of patients. It should not be misused as a reliable prognostic sign in the individual patient, but is of high value in comparing groups of patients. In individual patients, hyperlactatemia is a useful indicator pointing to the severity of illness and to superimposed complications. Blood lactate is of considerable value for the metabolic monitoring of critically ill patients.
H P Schuster
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Resuscitation     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0300-9572     ISO Abbreviation:  Resuscitation     Publication Date:  1984 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-06-13     Completed Date:  1984-06-13     Revised Date:  2009-08-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0332173     Medline TA:  Resuscitation     Country:  IRELAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  141-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Acidosis / blood*
Acute Disease
Heart Arrest / blood
Hypnotics and Sedatives / poisoning
Intensive Care Units
Lactates / blood*
Lactic Acid
Monitoring, Physiologic
Myocardial Infarction / blood
Pancreatitis / blood
Poisoning / blood
Shock / blood
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Hypnotics and Sedatives; 0/Lactates; 50-21-5/Lactic Acid

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