Metabolic Acidosis: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment


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Mario has had a bad case of diarrhea. How might this lead to acidosis?

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1. A high anion gap during metabolic acidosis is indicative of which of the following?

2. What happens in the body to compensate for metabolic acidosis?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Acidosis means too much acid in the body and can be caused by respiratory or metabolic problems. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the latter type. Some things you'll be assessed on include causes and chemistry of metabolic acidosis.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Causes of metabolic acidosis
  • Role of bicarbonate in metabolic acidosis
  • Blood gases indicative of metabolic acidosis
  • Indications of a high anion gap metabolic acidosis

Skills Practiced

This quiz/worksheet allows students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about metabolic acidosis
  • Making connections - use understanding of blood gas biochemistry and homeostasis
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define metabolic acidosis and anion gap

Additional Learning

To learn more about pH balance of the human body, review the accompanying lesson called Metabolic Acidosis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify four mechanisms resulting in metabolic acidosis
  • Define acidemia, metabolic acidosis and anion gap
  • Describe the role of bicarbonate in acid-base balance
  • Explain the significance of anion gap