What is the role of glucose testing in the workup of alcoholic ketoacidosis (AKA)?

Updated: Aug 27, 2020
  • Author: George Ansstas, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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The hallmark of AKA is ketoacidosis without marked hyperglycemia; the serum glucose level may be low, normal, or slightly elevated. [4] This finding can help distinguish AKA from diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). Serum glucose levels above 300 mg/dL usually indicate DKA, unless AKA has developed in a diabetic patient. [11]


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