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What is diabetic keto acidosis?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
27 years experience in Pediatrics
DKA: A metabolic emergency for patients primarily with type 1 diabetes, DKA symptoms include those of high blood sugars initially. As the ketones build up, patients may have a fruity odor on the breath, get abdominal pain & vomit. Because they're already urinating a lot, dehydration can get bad. Some may breathe fast, get headaches, have altered consciousness. Without proper treatment, death imminent.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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