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Metabolic Acidosis

Metabolic acidosis is a biochemical abnormality that develops when a baby suffers lack of oxygen either by hypoxia or ischemia or both, for sufficient length of time and magnitude to require anaerobic metabolism in the cells. Anaerobic metabolism produces lactic acid which can accumulate and destroy brain cells causing brain injury. Metabolic acidosis is associated with neurological impairment and multi-organ dysfunction in hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and cerebral palsy. Metabolic acidosis is detected by sampling the arterial blood from the umbilical cord and measuring the pH and base excess of the umbilical cord arterial blood.

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