Diabetic Ketoacidosis (cont.)
Exams and Tests
The diagnosis of diabetic ketoacidosis is typically made after the health
care practitioner obtains a history, performs a physical examination, and
reviews the laboratory tests.
- Blood tests will be ordered to document the levels of sugar, potassium, sodium, and other electrolytes. Ketone level and kidney function
tests along with a blood gas sample
(to assess the blood acid level, or pH) are also commonly performed.
- Other tests may be used to check for conditions that may have triggered the
diabetic ketoacidosis, based on the history and physical examination findings. These may include
urine analysis, and possibly
a CT scan of the brain.
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