Profile of diabetic ketoacidosis at a teaching hospital in Benghazi, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
AbstractThis study described the profile of 100 cases of diabetic ketoacidosis [DKA] at a teaching hospital in Benghazi, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. DKA was more frequent in young women with type 1 diabetes and mostly due to preventable causes, e.g. disrupted insulin treatment and/or infection. DKA also occurred in type 2 diabetics, with a higher mortality rate, as they were older patients with co-morbidity. Polyurea, fatigue, abdominal pain and vomiting were the most common clinical features, while coma was rarer. A high number of cases were first presentations of type 1 diabetes; hence this diagnosis should be considered in all patients with acute abdomen or decreased level of consciousness. The reasons for high mortality rate in this study [10%] were multifactorial
Elmehdawi, R.R. & Elmagerhei, H.M. (2010). Profile of diabetic ketoacidosis at a teaching hospital in Benghazi, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117859
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 16 (3), 292-299, 2010
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