An Extreme Case of Life Threatening Metabolic Acidosis and Diabetic Ketoacidosis


  • Dawit Kebede Huluka Addis Ababa University, College of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
  • Munib Khalid
  • Joseph Huang
  • Charles B Sherman


Severe metabolic acidosis, diabetic ketoacidosis, hypokalemia


Metabolic acidosis is one of the common manifestations of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). Concurrent hypokalemia often complicates management and mandates correction before administration of insulin. We report a unique case of a young woman with extreme life-threatening metabolic acidosis (pH 6.57) and hypokalemia due to DKA who survived without any sequelae.

Author Biography

Dawit Kebede Huluka, Addis Ababa University, College of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine Department, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Division, Assistant Professor


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