Introduction: Ketoacidosis is often indicative of diabetes in children in our Tunisian context. It can be severe and life-threatening, with mortality in the order of 1 to 2%.
Methods: We report the results of a retrospective study over a period of 2 years (from 1/01/2017 to 31/12/2018) on all cases of inaugural ketoacidosis of type 1 diabetes mellitus in children, collected at the pediatric department of Mohamed Tlatli hospital in Tunisia.
Findings: During this period, 10 cases of ketoacidosis decompensation were identified. The average age was 6.16 years, with male sex predominating (sex ratio= 4). The ketoacidosis decompensation was inaugural in all cases.
Four of the admitted diabetic children had presented a severe ketoacidosis decompensation.
The clinical features were dominated by polyuropolydipsic syndrome present in 9 cases two weeks to one month before decompensation, dehydration was almost constant with collapse found in 2 cases, polypnea translating acidosis observed in 6 cases, the state of consciousness was altered in 3 cases.
Biologically: mean blood sugar was 24.39 mmol / l, mean alkaline reserve was 6.64 and renal function was disrupted in 7 cases.
All patients were perfused for an average duration of 23.3 hours with extremes ranging from 15 hours to 41 hours.
The evolution was favorable in all cases.
Conclusion: Severe diabetic ketoacidosis remains frequent and life-threatening for young patients, while the diagnosis of early childhood diabetes is easy, immediate and inexpensive. The challenge is to reduce the frequency of ketoacidosis as a revealing circumstance of diabetes in children, by bringing the diagnosis to an earlier stage of the disease
19 Sep 2019 - 21 Sep 2019