Improving the health of children and teens
Children's Physician Network Home Page

SEARCH
   

HomeFor ClinicsFor ProvidersFor FamiliesClinics & Physician ListHow To Contact Us

FOR FAMILIES

ABOUT US

CHOOSING YOUR CHILD'S DOCTOR

EMERGENCY PLANNING RESOURCES

HEALTH INFORMATION

FOR KIDS

FOR TEENS

FOR PARENTS

LINKS

Word! Ketoacidosis

Word! Ketoacidosis

Ketoacidosis

(En español: Cetoacidosis)

Say: kee-toh-ah-sih-doh-sis

Ketoacidosis, a condition that can happen to people with diabetes, occurs when the body uses fat instead of glucose for fuel. When fat is broken down, chemicals called ketones are produced. They get into a person's blood and urine (pee). High levels of ketones cause the blood to become more acidic.

Symptoms of ketoacidosis include nausea, vomiting, belly pain, fast breathing, and, in severe cases, unconsciousness. People with ketoacidosis need to get emergency medical treatment.