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Diabetic Hyperglycemic Coma Overview

Another name for Diabetic Hyperglycemic Coma is Nonketotic Hyperglycemic Coma.

What is nonketotic hyperglycemic coma?
A person with nonketotic hyperglycemic hyperosmolar coma has very high blood sugar levels and is very dehydrated, which results in loss of consciousness. This condition occurs only in those who have type 2 diabetes.

What are the symptoms of nonketotic hyperglycemic coma?
Symptoms of nonketotic hyperglycemic coma include dry mouth, dry skin, increased thirst, increased urination, nausea, vomiting, weakness or fatigue, lethargy, confusion, seizures, and coma.

How does the doctor treat nonketotic hyperglycemic coma?
Treatment for nonketotic hyperglycemic coma includes intravenous fluids, potassium supplements, and insulin to reduce blood sugar levels.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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