Acidosis is a condition of abnormal acid state in the body. There are two forms due to either: (a) a production in the body of two abnormal acids -- beta-oxybutyric and acetoacetic acids -- (also known as ketosis), or (a) a diminution in the alkali reserve of the blood. The cause is usually due to faulty metabolism of beta-oxybutyric and acetoacetic acids. Its symptoms are general lassitude, vomiting, thirst, restlessness, and the presence of acetone in the urine.


Acidosis occurs in diabetes mellitus when is is either untreated or inadequately treated, starvation, persistent vomiting, and delayed anaesthetic vomiting. A milder form of it may occur in severe fevers, particularly in children. If the defect is caused by changes in bicarbonate levels it is called metabolic acidosis.

Narrower Problems:
Metabolic acidosis
Related Problems:
Grain overload
Irreversible coma
Medicine Specific diseases
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST