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What sort of problem is alcoholic ketoacidosis?

What sort of problem is alcoholic ketoacidosis?

Alcohol ketoacidosis: This illness represents a very severe form of alcoholis when the drinking has been carried on to excess for such a long period of time that the body is nutritionally depleted--both in calories and fluid. This results in an inability to maintain normal metabolism and your body, lacking adequate sugar, starts breaking down fat and turns them into ketoacids, which are toxic and can lead to shock. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Alcoholic Ketoacidosis (Definition)

An acute metabolic condition seen in persons with a recent history of binge drinking and little or no nutritional intake. It is characterized by metabolic acidosis with an elevated anion gap, elevated serum ketone levels, and a normal ...Read more


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What are the most common symptoms of alcoholic ketoacidosis?

What are the most common symptoms of alcoholic ketoacidosis?

Many: Air hunger from acidosis, faintness from low blood pressure, nausea and vomiting from electrolyte imbalance, somnolence and/or confusion from intoxication and/or withdrawal. Dehydration needs to be reversed. There may also be fever if infection is contributing. Malnutrition requires treatment with vitamins and calories. Ketoacidosis is a serious disease that requires immediate hospitalization. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Alcoholic ketoacidosis?

What is the definition or description of: Alcoholic ketoacidosis?

Alcoholic ketoacids: Alcoholic ketoacidosis is the buildup of ketones in the blood. Ketones are a type of acid that form when the body breaks down fat for energy. ...Read more

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Alcoholic ketoacidosis is it a quick, painless death for those people?

Alcoholic ketoacidosis is it a quick, painless death for those people?

Fairly: Usually these folks' consciousness is much clouded by the time the metabolic derangements might become uncomfortable. It's treatable nowadays if caught early, but the danger is that someone is binge-drinking alone. I'm sorry if you lost a loved one. There are people who, when they take a drink, cease to be themselves. Remember the good times and go on without asking "what if". Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for alcoholic ketoacidosis?

What is the treatment for alcoholic ketoacidosis?

Rx/alcoholic ketoaci: Treatment involves
admitting to ICU and IV fluids containing sugar and saline to control acid base balance and control dehydration, IV vitamins to control nutritional deficiency.
Treat other life threatening complications like GI bleeding, pancreatitis, cirrhosis of liver, hepatic encephalopathy.
Withdrawl symtoms, anxiety, delirium tremors. ...Read more

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Why doesn't ketoacidosis occur in people with hypoglycemia?

Why doesn't ketoacidosis occur in people with hypoglycemia?

Hypoglycemia: Hypoglycemia is more likely to cause major symptoms in a hurry and ketoacidosis is not usually associated with hypoglycemia -- more often hyperglycemia. ...Read more

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What is diabetic ketoacidosis?

What is diabetic ketoacidosis?

Complication of DM: If the body does not have enough Insulin to carry sugar into the cells for energy, the body begins to use a backup energy plan breaking down fat. This creates ketones which build up in the body and create an acidic change in the body. Since the enzymes work best in a balanced environment you feel sickly & nauseated. As the process continues the metabolism breaks down & bad things happen (you can die). ...Read more

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What causes diabetic ketoacidosis?

What causes diabetic ketoacidosis?

Ketoacidosis: Most often this reflects a very high blood sugar but that is not always the reason. YOU SHOULD GO IMMEDIATELY TO A LOCAL EMERGENCY ROOM!! ...Read more

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Is ketoacidosis a complication of iddm?

Is ketoacidosis a complication of iddm?

Yes: Kateoacidosis occurs when the diabetes gets out of control to the point that the usual amounts of Insulin can no longer keep the blood sugar level within reasonable limits - it has lost its metabolic effect. The body begins to burn fat for fuel and the ketoacidosis results from the fat metabolism. ...Read more

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How do you manage diabetic ketoacidosis?

How do you manage diabetic ketoacidosis?

Complex: Hi. Diabetic ketoaciodosis (DKA) is a serious and life-threatening complication of diabetes. It is managed in the hospital (usually ICU) with insulin, IV fluids, and electrolte management; any underlying precipitating factor such as infection or MI must also be diagnosed and addressed. Contrary to popular belief, it occurs in both type 1 and type 2; type 1 is just more prone to it. Good luck! ...Read more

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How to know if I have diabetic ketoacidosis?

How to know if I have diabetic ketoacidosis?

Get tested!: Hi. Both type 1's and type 2's can get diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). People in DKA are usually rather sick, often vomiting, and always dehydrated. It's a very easy to diagnose. Standard medical care of DKA is in a hospital with IV fluids, IV insulin, electrolyte management, and treatment of any precipitating conditions. If you're feeling pretty chipper and have very high sugar, it's prob not DKA. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die from diabetic ketoacidosis?

Is it possible to die from diabetic ketoacidosis?

Yes!: That's why we admit diabetics to the hospital and give critical medical care when they have DKA. Type 1 diabetics die from DKA without Insulin treatment. That's why type 1 diabetes was a fatal (terminal) diagnosis before Insulin treatment was developed. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis?

What are common symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis?

ItsDangerousTakeCare: At the point that you are getting into that range of illness, you just generally feel like s--t. If you haven't been keeping up with your fluids, you'll be thirsty and weak. Having lost vital electrolytes, you'll feel 30 years older. Sick to your stomach. Tired. And, often something kicks all that off like an infection, which adds to the misery. BUT...sometimes it's subtle, just minor symptoms. Beware ...Read more

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What is a primary symptom of diabetic ketoacidosis?

What is a primary symptom of diabetic ketoacidosis?

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. ...Read more

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What are some complications of diabetic ketoacidosis?

What are some complications of diabetic ketoacidosis?

Many: Low blood sugar, low potassium, death, brain swelling are possible. ...Read more

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What are the visible symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis?

DKA: Dry lips, fruity breath, rapid breathing, abdominal pain, vomiting, possible altered mental status. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have diabetic ketoacidosis?

I need help! How do I know if I have diabetic ketoacidosis?

Are you sick?: Hi. Are you type 1 or type 2? Usually if you are in DKA, you're sick. You can do home ketone monitoring in urine or blood. If you're in DKA, your BG will be high (usually >400). If you don't have home ketone testing and you're sick, get to the ER ASAP. If you can keep food down, make sure to get some fluids in you. DON'T SKIP YOUR BASAL INSULIN EVER. Good luck, and I hope you're not in DKA. ...Read more

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People with diabetic ketoacidosis typically have what symptoms?

People with diabetic ketoacidosis typically have what symptoms?

DKA for short: Dka is potentially life threatening complication in patients with diabetes mellitus. It results from shortage of insulin.In response, the body burns fatty acid and produce acidic ketone bodies that cause most symptoms and complications-vomiting, dehydration, deep gasping breathing, confusion, coma.Dka is a medical emergency, without treatment it can lead to death. ...Read more

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What's the difference of ketoacidosis and diabetic ketoacidosis?

What's the difference of ketoacidosis and diabetic ketoacidosis?

High blood sugar: Both conditions are a sign of cellular deprivation of glucose. In diabetes type 1 there is absence of insufficient Insulin so the sugar is elevated in the blood but low in liver cells and they start producing ketones.
In starvation due to anorexia or alcoholism there in not enough glucose available so it also produces ketones.
They are treated differently of course. ...Read more

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When I should think about having a diabetic ketoacidosis attack?

When I should think about having a diabetic ketoacidosis attack?

Instead of: Thinking about it, why not keep your glucose in control and prevent any abnormal sugars, much less the severe metabolic abnormality of ketoacidosis. You can't develop ketoacidosis unless your sugar is very high and you are severely dehydrated. Control your glucose and drink lots of water, and you won't have to think or worry about dka. ...Read more

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What is diabetic ketoacidosis? Is it treatable?

What is diabetic ketoacidosis? Is it treatable?

DKA: Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a medical emergency with a significant morbidity and mortality. It should be diagnosed promptly and managed intensively. DKA usually develops within 24 hours. DKA typically presents with polyuria and polydipsia, vomiting, dehydration and, if severe, an altered mental state, including coma.

http://patient. Info/doctor/diabetic-ketoacidosis ...Read more

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What is diabetic ketoacidosis? Is it treatable?

What is diabetic ketoacidosis? Is it treatable?

Diabetes: Ketoacidosis is severe dehydration and high glucose where the body shifts to fat metabolism leading to ketone formation and acidosis. It is a very severe and dangerous acute metabolic abnormality, which is a medical emergency but definitely treatable by hydration, insulin, correction of the precipitating factors and other support. ...Read more

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What should you do if a person with diabetes may have developed diabetes ketoacidosis (dka)?

What should you do if a person with diabetes may have developed diabetes ketoacidosis (dka)?

Hospital: This is a medical emergency. Please notify the patient's doctor; the patient needs a hospital asap with dka. ...Read more

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Why would I have tachycardia in diabetic ketoacidosis?

Why would I have tachycardia in diabetic ketoacidosis?

Stress: Dka causes metabolic and hemodynamic stress on the body that is very commonly associated with tachycardia. Contributing factors include: hypovolemia, activation of the sympathetic nervous system, and significant electrolyte abnormalities. Close management of your blood sugar over time will help to prevent complications like this that are associated with your diabetes. ...Read more

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How is ketoacidosis related to hyperglycemia?

How is ketoacidosis related to hyperglycemia?

Poor control: Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to dka (diabetic ketoacidisis). ...Read more