Korean J Leg Med.  2016 Feb;40(1):19-22. 10.7580/kjlm.2016.40.1.19.

Postmortem Diagnosis of Diabetic Ketoacidosis: An Autopsy Case

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  • 1Medical Examiner's Office, National Forensic Service, Wonju, Korea. forensic@korea.kr
  • 2Forensic Medicine Division, National Forensic Service Daejeon Institute, Daejeon, Korea.

Abstract

Diabetic ketoacidosis is an acute complication of type 1 diabetes mellitus, which is observed frequently in routine autopsies. However, there are limitations of postmortem diagnosis of diabetic ketoacidosis. Clinical diagnostic criteria of the disease are not applicable to postmortem diagnosis because of the postmortem changes of the body; hence, diagnostic morphological changes cannot be observed. We report the case of a 47-year-old man that was diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis via routine autopsy and laboratory tests without information regarding his medical history. Additionally, we present a brief literature review.

Keyword

Diagnosis; Diabetic ketoacidosis; Autopsy
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