DKA should be differentiated from acidosis or coma due to other causes, including hypoglycemia, uremia and gastroenteritis with metabolic acidosis, lactic acidosis, salicylate intoxication, sepsis, rare metabolic disorders, encephalitis and intracranial lesions. Respiratory symptoms could be confused with pneumonia, asthma or bronchiolitis.
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