Definition of Coma, diabetic
Patients with diabetes and their family members should be aware of the early signs of ketone build-up. These include weight loss, nausea, confusion, gasping for breath, and a characteristically sweet, chemical odor similar to that of acetone or alcohol ("acetone breath") to the patient's breath and sometimes sweat. Diabetic coma may be heralded by confusion and convulsions.
Immediate emergency medical treatment is needed in a hospital setting for patients who show the early signs of diabetic coma.
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012
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