Author(s): Dempsey GA, Lyall HJ, Corke CF, Scheinkestel CD
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To report four cases of pyroglutamic acidemia in adults causing clinically significant acidosis. DATA SOURCES: Patients admitted to the intensive care units of the Alfred Hospital (a quaternary referral center) and Geelong Hospital (a major regional center) with an unexplained high anion gap acidosis. CONCLUSIONS: Pyroglutamic acidemia (5-oxoprolinemia) is a rare cause of high anion gap metabolic acidosis that should be suspected in patients presenting with sepsis, hepatic, and/or renal dysfunction who are receiving drugs such as acetaminophen, flucloxacillin, and vigabatrin after the more common causes of a high anion gap acidosis have been excluded. Should pyroglutamic aciduria be present, known precipitants should be ceased, infection should be managed aggressively, and supportive management should be instituted.
This article was published in Crit Care Med
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Toxicology