The condition metabolic alkalosis occurs when the blood is excessively alkaline (or basic, as opposed to acidic). This condition has a variety of known causes, including fever, “being at a high altitude,” “lack of oxygen” and by excess bicarbonate in the blood. In the case of GranuFlo, metabolic alkalosis is caused by excess bicarbonate.
As stated by MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, symptoms include:
- Hand tremor
- Muscle twitching
- Nausea, vomiting
- Numbness in the face, hands, or feet
- Prolonged muscle spasms
Possible complications of metabolic alkalosis include irregular heartbeat, “coma”, and “electrolyte imbalance”, and according to Fresenius Medical Care, the nation’s leading dialysis provider, alkalosis may result in cardiac arrest and death.
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 “Alkalosis: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia” © A.D.A.M. 1997-2013 MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Page updated 27 December 2012. Available at <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001183.htm> Accessed 3 January 2013
 Fresenius Medical Care Memorandum “RE: Dialysate Bicarbonate, Alkalosis and Patient Safety” FMS Medical Office; November 4th, 2010