Also Known As: Lactic acid
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This metabolite is released from muscle under conditions of anaerobic energy production. If high amount are released into the blood, it can disrupt acid/base balance.
To evaluate symptoms that suggest poor oxygen delivery to tissue such as shortness of breath and muscle weakness; to evaluate patients in shock, congestive heart failure or coma.
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REFERENCE INTERVALS FOR ADULTS: 4.5-19.8 mg/dl.
INCREASE IN: Shock, muscle fatigue, diabetic ketoacidosis, tissue hypoxia, severe infections like meningitis
DECREASE IN: NA.