Posted by: Tres | 2008/07/14


Mum called a DKA diabetes case. Admitted, under constant montioring of sugar leves. Please advise on such a term.

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Dear Tres
DKA in diabetes stands for "Diabetic Ketoacidosis", which means that the patient has developed raised ketone levels in the blood, which can cause a coma. Ketones are the breakdown products of fats and a diabetic patient starts breaking down fats for energy when she cannot use the sugar in her blood because of a lack of insulin or not using insulin. This is a serious condition, but it is reversible with the correct treatment that your Mom will receive in the hospital. Treatment includes fluid, correcting the insulin levels and electrolyte replacement. In some cases DKA can be induced by acute common illnesses like flu, colds, vomiting and diarrhoea, or surgery, or emotional stress.
I do hope your dear Mom will soon feel much better.
Best regards

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