Alcoholic ketoacidosis: Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Alternate Names : Ketoacidosis – alcoholic

Symptoms & Signs

* Abdominal pain
* Agitation
* Altered level of alertness, which may lead to coma (unresponsiveness)
* 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 and light-headedness

Diagnosis & Tests

* Arterial blood gases
* Blood alcohol level
* Blood chemistries, such as CHEM-20
* Toxicology (poison) screening
* Urine ketones

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Review Date : 4/21/2009
Reviewed By : Jacob L. Heller, MD, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, Clinic. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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