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As emergency physicians increasingly play their part in the worldwide campaign to identify and resuscitate patients with severe sepsis and septic shock,1 serum lactate is being measured more frequently as an initial investigation. It is, however, important to remember the other causes2 of a raised serum lactate. Fortunately, these causes lend themselves to the formation of a handy …
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