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What is a hyperosmolar coma?
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Dr. Richard Scofield
Internal Medicine - Diabetology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Diabetic emergency
Hyperosmolar coma is a medical emergency seen in type ii diabetics when the blood sugar reaches extremely high levels, typically higher than 600 mg/dl.
Often it is precipitated by a physiologic stress such as infection, myocardial infarction, stroke or other acute illness. The very high blood glucose may lead to disordered mental functioning with possible seizures then to coma and death.

In brief: Diabetic emergency
Hyperosmolar coma is a medical emergency seen in type ii diabetics when the blood sugar reaches extremely high levels, typically higher than 600 mg/dl.
Often it is precipitated by a physiologic stress such as infection, myocardial infarction, stroke or other acute illness. The very high blood glucose may lead to disordered mental functioning with possible seizures then to coma and death.
Dr. Richard Scofield
Dr. Richard Scofield
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Dr. Marvin Den
Internal Medicine
In brief: Several causes
The most common is a form of diabetes out of control.
It is life threatening and requires immediate attention.

In brief: Several causes
The most common is a form of diabetes out of control.
It is life threatening and requires immediate attention.
Dr. Marvin Den
Dr. Marvin Den
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Dr. Clarence Watridge
Neurosurgery
In brief: Dehydrated state
Hyperosmolar coma is the use of drugs like barbiturates to produce sedation plus using diuretics to cause a concentration of the blood .
The sodium level in the blood is increased to the 150 range. The sedation reduces brain metabolic requirements while the hyperosmolarity helps reduce intracranial pressure.

In brief: Dehydrated state
Hyperosmolar coma is the use of drugs like barbiturates to produce sedation plus using diuretics to cause a concentration of the blood .
The sodium level in the blood is increased to the 150 range. The sedation reduces brain metabolic requirements while the hyperosmolarity helps reduce intracranial pressure.
Dr. Clarence Watridge
Dr. Clarence Watridge
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