Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Renal Tubular Acidosis Underlying Cause

The kidneys perform four major functions:

  • Filter waste from the blood
  • Regulate the production of red blood cells
  • Regulate blood pressure
  • Filter acids from the bloodstream

In someone with renal tubular acidosis, the kidneys are unable to filter acids from the blood properly.

Causes of renal tubular acidosis include:

Drug side effects may also cause renal tubular acidosis:

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Last Updated: Feb 9, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Renal Tubular Acidosis References
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