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Yeungnam University Journal of Medicine 2014;31(2):99-102.
DOI:    Published online December 31, 2014.
Diabetic ketoacidosis with pulmonary thromboembolism.
Dong Min Kim, Jeonghun Lee, Soo Min Nam, Yeon Sun Lee, Hee Moon, Kang Woo Lee, In Wook Jang
Department of Internal Medicine, Daejeon Sun Hospital, Daejeon, Korea.
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a fatal acute diabetic complication, is characterized by severe metabolic decompensation and intravascular volume depletion. These conditions may result in hypercoagulability and prothrombic state. Pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) could be presented as an uncommon and life-threatening complication of DKA. Reported herein is a case involving a 54-year-old male patient who was admitted with DKA due to chronic alcohol consumption and stopping the intake of oral antidiabetic drugs. After low-molecular-weight heparin and warfarin treatment because of PTE during the DKA treatment, the patient's condition improved over the week that he was discharged on insulin and warfarin.
Key Words: Diabetic ketoacidosis, Pulmonary embolism, Anticoagulants
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