Lactic acidosis is a serious complication of diabetes corresponding to an excessive accumulation of lactic acid
in the blood. It essentially occurs in a diabetic person who also suffers from liver or kidney problems. Lactic acidosis causes muscle cramps, abdominal pain
associated with digestive problems such as diarrhea
, vomiting, asthenia
(general fatigue), shortness of breath, and sometimes confusion that can lead to a coma
. Lactic acidosis is fatal in 50% of the cases. Fortunately, it is relatively rare and almost exclusively concerns patients who have been treated with biguanides.
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