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( Negative-feedback control of endogenous "acid production. The addition of an exogenous acid load or increased endogenous acid production result in a fall in pH, which, in turn, inhibits the production of ketone body acids and lactic acid. A base load, by raising pH, stimulates the endogenous production of acids. This negative-feedback mechanism attenuates changes in blood pH. (From Hood VL, Tannen RL. Protection of acid-base balance by pH regulation of acid production. N Engl J Med 1998,339:819-826.)
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