What are the GI symptoms of type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM)?

Updated: Sep 13, 2019
  • Author: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms of type 1 DM are as follows:

  • Nausea, abdominal discomfort or pain, and change in bowel movements may accompany acute DKA

  • Acute fatty liver may lead to distention of the hepatic capsule, causing right upper quadrant pain

  • Persistent abdominal pain may indicate another serious abdominal cause of DKA (eg, pancreatitis

  • Chronic GI symptoms in the later stage of DM are caused by visceral autonomic neuropathy


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