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Diabetic ketoacidosis in Asian children
  1. N S Alvia,
  2. P Daviesb,
  3. J M W Kirka,
  4. N J Shawa
  1. aDepartment of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham B4 6NH, UK, bStatistical Advisory Service, Birmingham Children's Hospital
  1. Dr N S Alvi, Department of Paediatric Endocrinology, Clarendon Wing, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds LS2 9NS, UK email:nsalvi{at}


Over the 10 year period 1987–1996, 328 children with type 1 diabetes mellitus presented in the city of Birmingham, England, of whom 27% had diabetic ketoacidosis. Asian children under the age of 5 had an eightfold increased risk of presenting in diabetic ketoacidosis compared with non-Asian children of the same age.

  • diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Asian children
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