Hyperosmolar Nonketotic Coma: What to Expect
Hyperosmolar nonketotic coma occurs in people with diabetes. It is a life-threatening event. Seek medical attention immediately if you think you have any symptoms of an impending hyperosmolar nonketotic coma.
Hyperosmolar nonketotic coma is a complication of very high blood glucose levels. Blood glucose often rises to these levels because of an illness or infection.
The body will try to get rid of the extra blood glucose through the urine. The frequency and volume of urination will increase. Unfortunately, this process also washes out other substances in your blood. Some of these substances are very important to your brain. Low levels of these substances can lead to seizures, coma, and eventually death.
Last reviewedSeptember 2013by Kim Carmichael, MD
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