Profile of precipitating factors in Diabetic Ketoacidosis: Data from a rural teaching hospital

Author Details : Amol Hartalkar, Sheetal Hartalkar, Krithika Peshwe, Bhola Nath

Volume : 1, Issue : 2, Year : 2015

Article Page : 92-95

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Background: Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a known presenting clinical feature of type 1 Diabetes mellitus (T1DM). It is a common acute medical complication in already known patients of all types DM, especially after altering / stopping the therapy and any infective etiology.
Objective: To describe the profile of precipitating factors of DKA.
Methods: This retrospective descriptive study was done in Department of Medicine, of a rural teaching hospital. Precipitating factors were identified by clinical examination & laboratory investigation in hospitalized & diagnosed cases of DKA.
Results: Among 50 patients, 22 were males. The mean age was 38.3 ± 15.7 years. 10 patients (20%) were diagnosed as DM for the first time during hospitalization and rest were already known diabetic.
Severe DKA was not common. A Major precipitating factor was an infection (40%) and next was noncompliance (28%). Less common factors included acute pancreatitis, myocardial infarction, surgery and stroke. No definite factor could be found in 14% patients.
Conclusion: Commonest precipitants of DKA were infection & non-compliance. Hence, it may be stated that with appropriate patient counselling about compliance to therapy and management of any illness, many cases of DKA may be avoidable.

Key words: Diabetic ketoacidosis, Diabetes mellitus, Risk factors, Precipitating factors.

How to cite : Hartalkar A, Hartalkar S, Peshwe K, Nath B, Profile of precipitating factors in Diabetic Ketoacidosis: Data from a rural teaching hospital. J Prev Med Holist Health 2015;1(2):92-95

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