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DIABETIC KETOACIDOSIS (DKA)

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Definition

Diabetic ketoacidosis is an acute complication of diabetes mellitus type 1. It occurs when insulin is insufficient to control the hyperglycemia and the ketone body production. Because it may be associated with severe dehydration and acidosis, it is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY and a frequent reason for admission to an Intensive Care Unit.

Pathophysiology

 

 

Clinical Manifestations

Complications

Management

 

DKA Links:

Back to Diabetes Mellitus

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Acute Emergencies of DM: Diabetic Ketoacidosis

 

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