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Diabetic Ketoacidosis (cont.)


  • With aggressive treatment, most people who develop diabetic ketoacidosis can expect complete recovery. Death is rare (2% of cases), but can occur when the condition is not treated.
  • Complications are also possible from associated illnesses such as infection, stroke, and heart attacks.
  • Complications from treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis include low blood sugar, low potassium, fluid accumulation in the lungs (pulmonary edema), seizure, cardiorespiratory arrest, or swelling of the brain (cerebral edema).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/5/2016

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