Alcoholic ketoacidosis: Overview, Causes

Alternate Names : Ketoacidosis – alcoholic

Definition

Alcoholic ketoacidosis is the build up of ketones in the blood. Ketones are a type of acid that form when the body breaks down fat for energy.

The condition is an acute form of metabolic acidosis.

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors

Alcoholic ketoacidosis is caused by excessive alcohol use. It is most often seen in a malnourished person who drinks large amounts of alcohol every day.

Alcoholic ketoacidosis: Overview, Causes

Alcoholic ketoacidosis: Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Alcoholic ketoacidosis: Treatment


Review Date : 4/21/2009
Reviewed By : Jacob L. Heller, MD, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, Clinic. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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