April 06, 2022

Join us as we go through this “sweet” episode on diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) causes, presentation, and management, while learning a fun UC Davis hospital historical fact!  


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This episode was written by Dr. Tammy Yau and Dr. Lidia Park with content support from Dr. Nicole Glaser, Dr. Lena van der List, and Dr. Su-Ting Li. Drs. Tammy and Lidia take full responsibility for any errors or misinformation. 

Key points: 

-DKA presents with hyperglycemia, ketosis, and anion gap metabolic acidosis, which if severe can cause cerebral edema and CNS dysfunction 

-Initial management includes fluid resuscitation and IV insulin 

-Learn about the 2 bag system for DKA 

-There is a rule to correct for hyponatremia in hyperglycemia 

-Learn about how to manage potassium, bicarbonate, and phosphorus in DKA 


Supplemental information: 

Pediatrics in Review 2019 DKA: