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Alcoholic Ketoacidosis – A Case Report

Summarized from Noor N, Basavaraju K, Sharpstone D. Alcoholic ketoacidosis: a case report and review of the literature. Oxford Medical Case Reports 2016; 3: 31-33 Three parameters generated during blood gas analysis, pH, pCO2 and bicarbonate, provide the means for assessment of patient acid-base status, which is frequently disturbed in the acutely/critically ill. Four broad classes of acid-base disturbance are recognized: metabolic acidosis, respiratory acidosis, metabolic alkalosis and respiratory alkalosis. Metabolic acidosis, which is characterized by primary reduction in pH and bicarbonate, and secondary (compensatory) decrease in pCO2, has many possible causes including the abnormal accumulation of the keto-acids, β-hydroxybutyrate and acetoacetate. This particular form of metabolic acidosis, called ketoacidosis, has three etiologies giving rise to three quite separate conditions with common biochemical features: diabetes (diabetic ketoacidosis); excessive alcohol ingestion (alcoholic ketoacidosis) and severe starvation (starvation ketoacidosis). Diabetic ketoacidosis, which is the most common of the three, is the subject of a recent review (discussed below) whilst alcoholic Continue reading >>

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  1. Robert Valliere

    Severity of alcohol withdrawal symptoms will vary from person to person. What I have experienced after three bouts of severe withdrawal is fairly common.
    Your heart feels as if it will jump out of chest.
    Sweat profusely. Hot one moment, cold with shivers the next.
    You may or may not have black outs or “gray outs”.
    Pulse rate over one hundred.
    Severe anxiety and paranoia.
    Agitation, “the shakes”.
    You stink. Alcoholic ketoacidosis.
    Delerium Tremens (DTs)- confusion, panic, delerium. (Possible seizure and cardiac arrest; sometimes fatal.)
    Audio and/or visual hallucinations. In my case I would hear the phone ring, go and answer it and there would be no connection established. The phone rang continuously for hours; I couldn’t stop the ringing.
    Almost overpowering feelings of guilt, remorse and despair.

    Treat alcoholic withdrawal very seriously. People do die from seizures. Detox in medical setting is often prescribed.

  2. Cristiana Williams

    On the off chance that you drink alcohol intensely for a considerable length of time, months, or years, you may have both mental and physical issues when you stop or truly cut back on the amount you drink. This is called alcohol withdrawal. Side effects can run from mellow to genuine. On the off chance that you drink just now and again, it's impossible that you'll have withdrawal manifestations when you stop. Be that as it may, in the event that you've experienced liquor withdrawal once, will probably experience it again whenever you throw in the towel.
    Alcohol has what specialists call a depressive impact on your framework. It backs off cerebrum capacity and changes the way your nerves send messages forward and backward. After some time, your focal sensory system changes with having alcohol around constantly. Your body strives to keep your cerebrum in a more wakeful state and to keep your nerves conversing with each other. At the point when the alcohol level all of a sudden drops, your mind remains in this keyed up state. That is the thing that causes withdrawal.

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  3. Mike Roberts

    The gaba levels that keep a person calm and level-headed will be down-regulated, leaving the user in an anxious/agitated state. The liver overworks itself trying to get rid of it from your system and puts stress on that organ eventually leading to cirrhosis if enough time/use is given. There’s also an increase in blood-glucose levels after heavy drinking…

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