A case of fatal alcoholic ketoacidosisA case of fatal alcoholic ketoacidosis
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences. Pharmacy
Immuno-analyse et biologie specialisée
23(2008):2, p. 116-118
University of Antwerp
Alcoholic ketoacidosis is an acid-base disturbance which is often observed in chronic alcoholic patients when drinking is ceased after a period of excessive alcohol intake. Dehydration and little food intake are frequently present in these patients. It is very important for the treatment of alcoholic ketoacidosis that a distinction with diabetic ketoacidosos is made. The authors present a case of alcoholic ketoacidosis that ended fatally, probably due to pathophysiological conditions induced by long-term alcohol abuse.