Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) develops rapidly and a patient can present with DKA in less than 24 hours after a precipitating factor (such as infection, injury etc). DKA mostly affects patients with type 1 diabetes, but it can affect patients with type 2 diabetes as well. Some common precipitating factors of DKA are infection, non-compliance with insulin therapy, cardiovascular disease, particularly myocardial infarction, injury and surgery.
A person with diabetic ketoacidosis may have one or more of the following symptoms:
Some signs that may be observed in a person with DKA include:
Most patients with diabetic ketoacidosis are usually present with increased thirst, increased frequency of urination, weakness and rapid breathing.
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