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Pancreatic adenocarcinoma presenting as first-onset diabetic ketoacidosis


The hallmark of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is the triad of hyperglycaemia, ketonaemia and metabolic acidosis. The pathogenesis of DKA involves a relative insulin deficiency and an excess of counterregulatory hormones.1 Interplay between these factors results in reduced glucose utilisation and increased gluconeogenesis, together with increased lipolysis and ketogenesis.

Learning Outcomes


Medical Journal of Australia
Reading: Journal; textbook; book
0h : 30m
MBA: 0h : 30m
ACRRM - Fellow: 0.5 pts
ACRRM - Non Fellow: 0.5 pts
RACGP: 1 pt
RACP: 0.5 pts

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