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what causes a diabetic coma?

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Dr. PHILLIP KIM
General Practice 15 years experience
Uncontrolled glucose: Both low and high blood glucose can lead to impairments in consciousness.
Dr. Rashed Hasan
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Coma in a diabetic: Coma in a person with diabetes has many causes, the two most common ones are low blood sugar, which should be treated promptly with sugar tablets or any drink that has sugar in it if the person is awake and is able to drink or an injection of a medication called glucagon (all diabetics should have an injection of glucagon at all time). The other cause is DKA which should be treated in a hospital.

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How is a hyperosmolar hyperglycemic nonketotic coma treated?

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Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 64 years experience
Insulin: It is treated with an intravenous drip of Insulin and attention to proper fluid replacement. It is a potentially serious condition and should only be treated in the hospital, however, the treatment is usually sucessful. It happens when the sugar becomes very high, frequently over 5-600.
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What is a hyperosmolar nonketotic coma?

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Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 64 years experience
Very high sugar: This condition occurs when the blood sugar is very high, usually above 5-600 and can be over 1000. When the sugar is this high usually causes a state of severe dehydration and that leads to mental changes and sometimes coma. It should be treated immediately in a hospital setting with intravenous Insulin and fluids.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Need to know what's childbirth coma?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Horrible: During childbirth several horrible things can occur to the mother and to the child. Unclear from the question to whom you are referring. Coma of the mother can be caused by intracranial hemorrhage, anoxic damage, severe eclampsia, pituitary apoplexy, etc. In the baby it can be caused by hie (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy). Recovery depends on cause and degree of damage.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what occurs to cause one to go into a diabetic coma and is it always fatal?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Blood sugar changes: Coma more often occurs from severely low blood sugar levels, but could develop with poorly controlled diabetes causing striking elevations of blood sugar. Usually not fatal if problems can be reversed in a timely fashion.
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I'm curious what could happen to cause one to go into a diabetic coma and is it always fatal?

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Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology 36 years experience
Good question: Taking Insulin and then not eating can cause diabetic coma. It is not always fatal but should be avoided.

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