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[IP] Re: DKA vs HHNK

In a message dated 1/10/01 8:42:30 PM Central Standard Time, 
email @ redacted writes:

> Both are not nice to have. HHNK dehydration is more severe,
> and because many of the Type 2's may have cardiac and renal
> complications, and are older than DKA patients, the
> treatment requires more care and caution. Often, it is the
> medications used to treat the complications that are part of
> the problem. I used to work in critical care. More DKA
> patients walked out of the hospital than did the HHNK.
> Sometimes, it is also difficult to determine which came
> first, severe hyperglycemia, or a complication that caused
> it (heart attack, stroke, infection). IV fluid replacement
> for HHNK is often much slower than replacement in DKA. Both
> need insulin and fluid.

thanks for the info Barb.
Having only experienced the DKA type coma I don't know much about the other 

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