Alcoholic ketoacidosis: Treatment


Treatment may involve fluids (salt and sugar solution) given through a vein. You may need to have your blood taken frequently.

People with this condition are admitted to the hospital, often to the intensive care unit (ICU).

Prognosis (Expectations)

Prompt medical attention improves the overall outlook.


This can be a life-threatening disorder. Patients with alcoholic ketoacidosis often have or develop gastrointestinal bleeding, pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), and pneumonia.

Calling Your Health Care Provider

If you or someone else has symptoms of alcoholic ketoacidosis, seek emergency medical help.

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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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