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how long can a diabetic coma last?

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Dr. Anthony Mosley
Neurology 24 years experience
Varies: Though most wake up significantly within a few hours of getting Insulin (or glucose if hypoglycemic), there can be permanent brain damage if the brain is starved of glucose (from either lack of Insulin to utilize the glucose or hypoglycemia) long enough, .
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Variable duration: The duration of diabetic coma is related to correction of the metabolic abnormalities leading to coma. It may be short if treatment is instituted shortly after coma begins. The longer the coma remains untreated, the greater the likelihood of permanent neurologic damage or even death.
Dr. Kerrie Pinkney
Palliative Care 27 years experience
Varies: There are many variables to affect the coma. It depends on the degree of the coma and what complications have occurred as a result. Sadly, some patients do not recover.

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How is a hyperosmolar hyperglycemic nonketotic coma treated?

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Dr. Alvin Fried
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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 causes a diabetic coma?

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Dr. PHILLIP KIM
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Uncontrolled glucose: Both low and high blood glucose can lead to impairments in consciousness.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What is a diabetic hyperglycemic hyperosmolar coma?

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Dr. Cynthia Point
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Life threat: This is a coma caused by significant elevations of blood glucose, which make the blood too thick and causes brain malfunction. There are many electrolyte abnormalities associated, and the care of the patient is critical, usually he or she is in the icu. Glucose needs to be lowered by IV insulin, and the other abnormalities need to be carefully fixed.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

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.

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