Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Diabetic Ketoacidosis Evaluation

The evaluation of diabetic ketoacidosis begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in those with diabetic ketoacidosis include:


Testing is necessary to confirm the diagnosis of diabetic ketoacidosis. Some tests may be performed to look for signs of infection, which is a common trigger for diabetic ketoacidosis.

Tests that may be used to evaluate diabetic ketoacidosis include:

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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