A case of severe metformin-associated lactic acidosis treated with CVVHDF and regional anticoagulation with sodium citrate


Metformin is an antidiabetic drug; used to treat type II diabetes mellitus, metformin associated lactic acidosis has an incidence of 2-9 cases / 100,000 patients / year with high mortality (30%). We have had the case of a 75-year-old woman with metabolic acidosis as a result of metformin assumption, treated by renal replacement therapy (CRRT) with continuous veno-venous hemodiafiltration (CVVHDF). Results: after a short treatment period there was a reduction in Lactates (from 16.8 mmol/L to 12.6 mmol/L) and a progressive improvement of acidosis. In 72 hours the recovery of diuresis and subsequent suspension of CRRT was achieved. Conclusion: CRRT, in addition to ensuring support for renal failure and volume correction, allowed a rapid recovery from metformin-associated lactic acidosis.

Keywords: metformin, lactic acidosis, CRRT, CVVHDF.

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