Diabetic ketoacidosis in people on maintenance haemodialysis: case reports and review of literature

Apexa Kuverji, Kath Higgins, James O Burton, Andrew H Frankel, Chee Kay Cheung


The management of diabetes ketoacidosis (DKA) in people with normal renal function is well established. Although DKA is less common in people with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), when it occurs, the management needs to be adapted to account for the different physiological state that these patients present with. This report presents two cases of DKA in people on maintenance haemodialysis for ESKD. Each case identifies learning points, when combined with a comprehensive literature review, generates key recommendations on the management of DKA in people on maintenance haemodialysis.


diabetic ketoacidosis, haemodialysis, end-stage kidney disease

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15277/bjd.2020.253


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