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Alcoholic Ketoacidosis

Go to: CHARACTERISATION In 1940, Dillon et al1 described a series of nine patients who had episodes of severe ketoacidosis in the absence of diabetes mellitus, all of whom had evidence of prolonged excessive alcohol consumption. It was not until 1970 that Jenkins et al2 described a further three non‐diabetic patients with a history of chronic heavy alcohol misuse and recurrent episodes of ketoacidosis. This group also proposed a possible underlying mechanism for this metabolic disturbance, naming it alcoholic ketoacidosis. Further case series by Levy et al, Cooperman et al, and Fulop et al were subsequently reported, with remarkably consistent features.3,4,5 All patients presented with a history of prolonged heavy alcohol misuse, preceding a bout of particularly excessive intake, which had been terminated several days earlier by nausea, severe vomiting, and abdominal pain. Clinical signs included tachypnoea, tachycardia, and hypotension. In 1974, Cooperman's series of seven ketoacidotic alcoholic patients all displayed diffuse epigastric tenderness on palpation.4 In contrast to patients with diabetic ketoacidosis, the patients were usually alert and lucid despite the severity of Continue reading >>

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  1. melisa82

    ...thinking my potassium is low. How much and what kind do I take?
    I'm often dizzy, feel "weird" and have major leg cramps at night. Not to mention I have NO energy. Not a great feeling. Should I go to the doctor? I can't afford it right now, so I would rather remedy it myself

  2. adillenal

    We always keep potassium tablets in the cabinet that we get at WalMart. WHen I LC'ed I would get leg cramps if I didn't take several a day. I haven't had to do that while JUDDDing but DH takes them when he is working outside and sweating a lot.

  3. heyjupiter

    EAT A BANANA!
    Why?
    The US government mandates that the maximum pill size for potassium is 99mg. That's a whopping THREE PERCENT of what you need in a day.
    So you'll be forking out lots of money on pills, or you could pay 25¢ for a banana.

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