How to Diagnose Diabetic Ketoacidosis?

Q:
How to diagnose diabetic ketoacidosis?

A:
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a life-threatening complication of diabetes that occurs when your body starts breaking down fat into a fuel called ketones at a much too fast rate.

Current criteria for the diagnosis of DKA are limited by their nonspecific (serum bicarbonate [HCO (3)] and PH) and qualitative nature (the presence of ketonemia/ketonuria).

In order to diagnose DKA, blood tests are the most common ones used to measure following factors:

  • blood sugar level
  • ketone level
  • blood acidity

There are also some additional tests may be needed to identify underlying factors, including:

  • blood electrolyte tests
  • urinalysis
  • chest X-ray
  • electrocardiogram

Please turn to your doctor to confirm the condition and search for immediate treatments.

Keyword: diabetic ketoacidosis.

Leave a Reply