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Emerg Med J. 2006 Jun;23(6):417-20.

Alcoholic ketoacidosis.

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Department of Accident and Emergency Medicine, Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride, UK. larry.mcguire@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk

Abstract

Alcoholic ketoacidosis (AKA) is a common reason for investigation and admission of alcohol dependent patients in UK emergency departments. Although well described in international emergency medicine literature, UK emergency physicians rarely make the diagnosis of AKA. There is increasing evidence that rather than being benign and self limiting, AKA may be a significant cause of mortality in patients with alcohol dependence. This literature review discusses the history, characterisation, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of AKA.

PMID:
16714496
PMCID:
PMC2564331
DOI:
10.1136/emj.2004.017590
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