Hyperosmolar (hyperglycemic) nonketotic coma

Type:Term

Definitions
1. a complication seen in diabetes mellitus (q.v.) in which very marked hyperglycemia occurs (such as levels exceeding 800 mg/dL), causing osmotic shifts in water in brain cells, and resulting in coma. It can be fatal or lead to permanent neurologic damage. Ketoacidosis does not occur in these cases.

Synonyms
nonketotic hyperglycemia

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