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Recurrent 'Lactic' Acidosis-a Cautionary Tale.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21611589     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Lactic acidosis can be caused by a variety of pathological conditions. We present a case of recurrent 'lactic' acidosis, which was eventually diagnosed to be secondary to ethylene glycol poisoning. Though there are a handful of cases reported in the literature, it is not widely known that glycolic acid (a metabolite of ethylene glycol) is measured spuriously as lactic acid by some point of care analysers. Literature review would indicate that this is a rare but potentially confounding factor in diagnosis. Given the nature of the pathology, we would suggest that greater awareness of the problem is important.
Authors:
P Kar; V Walker; P Sharp
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acute medicine     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1747-4884     ISO Abbreviation:  Acute Med     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101553725     Medline TA:  Acute Med     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  128-30     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Specialist Registrar in Diabetes and Endocrinology Southampton General Hospital Tremona Road Southampton SO16 6YD.
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