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Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 1997 Mar;35(2-3):123-8.

Incidence and severity of ketoacidosis in childhood-onset diabetes in Kuwait. Kuwait Diabetes Study Group.

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Department of Paediatrics, Al Amiri Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University, Safai, Kuwait.


In 1992, the diabetes registry was started in Kuwait, as part of DiaMond, a WHO multinational collaborative project on the incidence of childhood-onset diabetes. Children (243) aged below 15 years, were identified between 1 January 1992 and 31 December 1995. Children (203) were Kuwaiti and 40 were non-Kuwaiti children but resident of Kuwait. For the years 1992, 1993, the annual incidence of childhood onset diabetes for Kuwaiti children was 15.4 per 100,000 (95% confidence interval 12.9-19), and the degree of ascertainment was 92%. Polyuria, polydypsia, weight loss and nocturia were the most frequently reported symptoms; four children were in coma and one in shock at presentation. Nearly half of the children (49%) presented ketoacidosis (venous pH < 7.3 and/or plasma bicarbonate level < 18 mmol/l). and in 53 children (23.5%) it was severe (venous pH < 7.1 and/or plasma bicarbonate level < 10 mmol/l). In 62 children (25.5%) it was mild to moderate (venous pH 7.1-7.3 and/or plasma bicarbonate level 10.1-18 mmol/l). The incidence of severe ketoacidosis was similar in all age groups and sexes. All children recovered completely without major complications and no deaths were recorded. We conclude that diabetic ketoacidosis is a common presentation at the onset of diabetes in childhood in Kuwait and attests to the lack of awareness of general practitioners and parents to the symptoms and signs of diabetes in childhood.

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