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Clinical Findings in Diabetic Ketoacidosis

Purpose:

To evaluate a diabetic patient for evidence of ketoacidosis.

Specialty:

Endocrinology
Clinical Laboratory

Objective:

clinical diagnosis, including family history for genetics

ICD-10:

E14.1

Description:

A patient with insufficient insulin (or resistance to the effect of insulin) may not be able to transport enough glucose into cells to meet metabolic needs despite hyperglycemia in the peripheral blood. The cell may shift to lipid oxidation with metabolic acidosis and release of ketone bodies. Prompt recognition and management are important to prevent serious sequelae.

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