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Study shows which children at greatest risk of cerebral oedema in diabetic crisis

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7281.258 (Published 03 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:258
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Giving bicarbonate to children in diabetic crisis seems to increase the risk of cerebral oedema, which can be fatal, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine has reported (2001;344:264-9). It should therefore be avoided in most cases, it added.

    The study identified two simple blood test measurements that can help to predict which patients are in serious danger of developing cerebral oedema. It is the largest and most statistically rigorous examination of risk factors for the condition in children with diabetic ketoacidosis, …

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