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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 590-593
Euglycemic Diabetic Ketoacidosis in Pregnancy


1 Department of Medicine, King Khalid University Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Medicine, King Faisal Specialist Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Nauman Tarif
Department of Medicine, King Khalid University Hospital, PO Box 2925, Riyadh 11461
Saudi Arabia
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Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) can be a catastrophic event during pregnancy, complicating almost nine percent of diabetics in pregnancy. It induces both maternal and fetal mortality. Ketosis has been implicated in fetal distress and causes adverse neurological outcome. DKA with a relatively low blood sugar levels is called euglycemic DKA, which is a rare entity and reported usually in type I diabetic patients. A 37-year-old Saudi female patient known to have type II diabetes developed euglycemic [blood glucose level 4.3 mmol/L (78 mg/dl)] DKA while in her fifth pregnancy. She responded to intravenous dextrose and insulin with gradual improvement. Euglycemic DKA should be considered in type II diabetics during pregnancy and treated promptly.


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