Andrew Durward, Author at Psychiatry Advisor

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Diabetic ketoacidosis

1. Description of the problem Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a serious and potentially life-threatening complication of diabetes mellitus, usually type 1 insulin-dependent diabetes. It can occasionally be seen in patients with type 2 diabetes in the presence of stress, trauma or infection. It is characterized by hyperglycemia, elevated blood ketones with metabolic acidosis and dehydration…

Hyperglycemic/Hyperosomolar Crisis

Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic State Also known as: Hyperosmolar coma, Hyperglycemic hyperosmolar non-ketotic coma, hyperosmolar syndrome Related conditions: Diabetic ketoacidosis 1. Description of the problem What every physician needs to know Hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state (HHS) is a serious and potentially devastating condition characterized by marked biochemical and metabolic derangements, including severe hyperglycemia, hyperosmolality and dehydration. Historically it…

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