Published: 2018-06-27

Diabetic ketoacidosis in pregnancy

Rosália S. Coutada, Soraia S. Cunha, Elisabete S. Gonçalves, Ana P. Gama, João P. Silva, Paula M. Pinheiro


Diabetic ketoacidosis in pregnancy is a rare but potential life-threatening condition for the mother and the fetus. It tends to occur latter in pregnancy and is more common in patients with pregestational diabetes. Obstetricians should be aware of the events that can trigger diabetic ketoacidosis in pregnancy. Prompt recognition and aggressive treatment of this condition are essential in order to reduce perinatal mortality and morbidity. The authors present a case of a pregnant woman with type 1 diabetes with a poor surveillance of pregnancy and noncompliance to treatment that develops severe diabetic ketoacidosis at 34 weeks of gestation.


Diabetic ketoacidosis, Pregnancy, Type 1 diabetes

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