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Diabetic Emergencies, Diagnosis and Clinical Management: Diabetic Ketoacidosis in Adults, 5 Quiz Questions

Mar 25, 2013

This week we have a short quiz. If you’ like to review the topic a little more before taking the quiz, just follow this link to our previous excerpt at Diabetic Emergencies – Diagnosis and Clinical Management: Diabetic Ketoacidosis in Adults.

The pathogenesis of hyperglycemia in diabetic ketoacidosis includes all the following mechanisms except for:

a. Increased glycogenolysis in the liver

b. Increased gluconeogenesis in the kidneys

c. Increased serum glucagon

d. Increased gluconeogenesis in adipose tissue

e. Decreased glucose uptake from the muscles


Which of the following symptoms/signs are included in the clinical features of diabetic ketoacidosis?

a. Polyuria and weight loss

b. Tachypnea and tachycardia

c. Abdominal pain and vomiting

d. Cheyne-Stokes respiration

e. All of the above

f. a + b + c
A male with severe diabetic ketoacidosis is admitted to the hospital. Which of the following are his biochemical test results? 

a. pH 7.21, PCO 2 27 mmHg, Ht 49%, glucose 490 mg/dl (27.2 mmol/L)

b. Ht 53%, HCO 3-15 mEq/L, K+ 4.8 mEq/L, glucose 400 mg/dl (22.2 mmol/L)

c. PCO 2 17 mmHg, pH 6.95, K+ 3.9, HCO 3-8 mEq/L, glucose 490 mg/dl (27.2 mmol/L)

d. pH 7.0, PO 2 109 mmHg, Na+ 143 mEq/L, glucose 150 mg/dl (8.3 mmol/L)

e. Glucose 880 mg/dl (48.9 mmol/L), white blood cell count 26,000/ μ l, Na+ 159 mEq/L, HCO

 3-28 mEq/L
A 35-year-old female with diabetic ketoacidosis is admitted to the hospital with the following profile: serum glucose 412 mg/dl (22.9 mmol/L), pH 7.12, K+ 4.4 mEq/L, Na+ 141 mEq/L, and PO 4 3-2.4 mEq/L (0.77 mmol/L). Which of the following is the appropriate initial treatment?

a. Administration of hypotonic sodium chloride (0.45%) solution, potassium, and insulin

b. Administration of normal saline and insulin

c. Administration of normal saline, potassium, and insulin

d. Administration of normal saline, potassium, insulin, and bicarbonates

e. Administration of normal saline, insulin, and phosphate

Which of the following sentences about diabetic ketoacidosis is correct? 

a. Administration of glucose 5% solution is prohibited

b. Insulin can be administered subcutaneously in all cases of diabetic ketoacidosis

c. Blood glucose should be measured every 3 hours after initiation of treatment

d. All of the above

e. None of the above

Answers: 1-d, 2-f, 3-c, 4-c, 5-e
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Nikolaos Katsilambros, MD, PhD, FACP
SCOPE Founding Fellow
Professor of Internal Medicine
Athens University Medical School
Evgenideion Hospital and Research Laboratory ‘Christeas Hall’
Athens, Greece
Christina Kanaka-Gantenbein, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetology
First Department of Pediatrics, University of Athens
Agia Sofia Children’s Hospital
Athens, Greece
Stavros Liatis, MD
Consultant in Internal Medicine and Diabetology
Laiko General Hospital
Konstantinos Makrilakis, MD, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Diabetology
Athens University Medical School
Laiko General Hospital
Athens, Greece
Nikolaos Tentolouris, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Diabetology
University of Athens
Laiko General Hospital
Athens, Greece
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