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Nutrición Hospitalaria

versión impresa ISSN 0212-1611


TAPIA GUERRERO, M. J. et al. D-Lactic acidosis secondary to short bowel syndrome. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2010, vol.25, n.5, pp.864-866. ISSN 0212-1611.

The short bowel syndrome appears for the reduction of intestinal absorptive surface due to functional or anatomical loss of part of the small bowel. We present the case of a 35-year-old woman with severe short bowel syndrome secondary to acute intestinal ischemia in adults, who presented at 5 years of evolution episodes of dizziness with gait instability and loss of strength in hands. The diagnosis was D-lactic acidosis. D-lactic acidosis is a rare complication, but important for their symptoms, of this syndrome. It is due to a change in intestinal flora secondary to an overgrowth of lactic acid bacteria that produce D-lactate. D-lactic acidosis should be looked for in cases of metabolic acidosis in which the identity of acidosis is not apparent, neurological manifestations without focality and the patient has short bowel syndrome or patients who have had jejunoileal bypass surgery. Appropiate treatment usually results in resolution of neurologic symptoms and prevents or reduces further recurrences.

Palabras clave : D-lactic acidosis; Short bowel syndrome; Bacterial overgrowth.

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