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Alcoholic ketoacidosis

  • Alternative Names

    Ketoacidosis - alcoholic

    • Abdominal pain
    • Agitation
    • Changed level of alertness, which may lead to coma
    • Confusion
    • Fatigue
    • Slow, sluggish, lethargic movement
    • Irregular deep, rapid breathing (Kussmaul's sign)
    • Loss of appetite
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Symptoms of dehydration, such as dizziness, light-headedness, and thirst

    Signs and tests
    • Arterial blood gases (measure the acid/base balance and oxygen level in blood)
    • Blood alcohol level
    • Blood chemistries, such as CHEM-20
    • Toxicology (poison) screening
    • Urine ketones