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Diabetic ketoacidosis

Also known as Diabetic Acidosis and Diabetic Ketosis

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a potentially life-threatening complication in patients with diabetes mellitus. It happens predominantly in those with type 1 diabetes, but it can occur in those with type 2 diabetes under certain circumstances. DKA results from a shortage of insulin; in response the body switches to burning fatty acids and producing acidic ketone bodies that cause most of the symptoms and complications.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with diabetic ketoacidosis, 84% report having vomiting, 66% report having nausea, and 46% report having weakness. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of diabetic ketoacidosis are thirst and polyuria, although you may still have diabetic ketoacidosis without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with diabetic ketoacidosis often receive hematologic tests, intravenous fluid replacement, complete blood count, glucose measurement, electrolytes panel, urinalysis, kidney function tests and radiographic imaging procedure .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with diabetic ketoacidosis include insulin, insulin glargine (lantus), insulin, aspart, human (novolog), insulin detemir (levemir), vancomycin, sodium bicarbonate, oxymetazoline nasal, insulin isophane (humulin n), dolasetron (anzemet), magnesium sulfate, potassium phosphate, bromfenac (bromday) and insulin isophane-insulin regular .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for diabetic ketoacidosis include age 15-29 years. On the other hand, age < 1 years almost never get diabetic ketoacidosis.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.1x
5-14 years
0.8x
15-29 years
1.9x
30-44 years
1.5x
45-59 years
1.0x
60-74 years
0.5x
75+ years
0.2x

Sex

Male
1.3x
Female
0.8x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.4x
Hispanic
1.0x
White
0.9x
Other
0.6x
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