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Diagnosis of Ketoacidosis


Doctors generally diagnose DKA with the following tests:

  • Hyperglycemia: Abnormally high level of glucose in the blood. People with diabetic ketoacidosis have hyperglycemia because there is no enough insulin available for allowing the entry of glucose into the cells.
  • Electrolyte test: Potassium, sodium, blood urea, serum, Ketone levels and kidney function markers along with an arterial blood gas sample are the electrolyte tests for ketoacidosis. It even provides determination of the blood acid concentration.
  • Other tests: It may be used to check the underlying conditions that may have triggered the DKA, based on the history and physical examination findings. These may include chest x-ray, urine analysis and possible scan of brain.

Following table shows the list of tests generally been asked by the doctor to check the effect of diabetic ketoacidosis:


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by Elizabeth Date Added: Sun 11 May, 2008
I watched my closest friend and mentor die from ketoacidosis and diabetes. It was horrific. I found her in a deep coma and she passed away a week later. It was the most terrible thing I've been through in my life.


by jodi Date Added: Thu 04 October, 2007
Despite having an acidic pH why is it not treated with sodium bicarbonate???

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