Run Time: 4 minutes
Author: Dr. Eric Miller
- Alcoholic ketoacidosis occurs in chronic alcohol abusers who have low glycogen supplies and are dehydrated causing an overproduction of glucagon. This condition is very similar to diabetic ketoacidosis.
- The patients can have a ketotic smell to indicate alcoholic ketoacidosis, they also usually have a high anion gap and a bicarbonate level in the single digits.
- Treatment consists of fluids and glucose to help prevent the production of ketones.
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