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Does Ketoacidosis Cause Hyperkalemia

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Diabetic Ketoacidosis Producing Extreme Hyperkalemia In A Patient With Type 1 Diabetes On Hemodialysis

Go to: Abstract Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a critical complication of type 1 diabetes associated with water and electrolyte disorders. Here, we report a case of DKA with extreme hyperkalemia (9.0 mEq/L) in a patient with type 1 diabetes on hemodialysis. He had a left frontal cerebral infarction resulting in inability to manage his continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion pump. Electrocardiography showed typical changes of hyperkalemia, including absent P waves, prolonged QRS interval and tented T waves. There was no evidence of total body water deficit. After starting insulin and rapid hemodialysis, the serum potassium level was normalized. Although DKA may present with hypokalemia, rapid hemodialysis may be necessary to resolve severe hyperkalemia in a patient with renal failure. Learning points: Patients with type 1 diabetes on hemodialysis may develop ketoacidosis because of discontinuation of insulin treatment. Patients on hemodialysis who develop ketoacidosis may have hyperkalemia because of anuria. Absolute insulin deficit alters potassium distribution between the intracellular and extracellular space, and anuria abolishes urinary excretion of potassium. Rapid hemodialysi Continue reading >>

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  1. hippocampus

    What are the potassium level abnormalities associated with DKA (during diagnosis and treatment.)

  2. ahassan

    During DKA, the total body K is low bcz of osmotic diuresis, BUT the serum k conc. is raised bcz of the lack of insulin action, which allows k to shift out of the cells. So hyperkalemia.
    During treatment, k is shifted into the cells, which may lead to profound hypokalemia n death if not treated, so during therapy you have to adjust KCL conc. depending on blood K levels.

  3. tomymajor

    In DKA--> K level may be high or normal so we dont add k from the start of ttt
    But : In HHNKC---> K level is low from the start so we give k from start of ttt

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