Recovery from diabetic coma with hyperglycemia as high as 1.62 per cent has not yet been reported in the literature, and our case therefore seems sufficiently important to justify the following note:
A girl, aged 18, entered the New England Deaconess Hospital under the care of Dr. E. P. Joslin, Aug. 28, 1924, for treatment of diabetes complicated by an abscess on the outer aspect of the left thigh. She had always enjoyed excellent health until September, 1923, when she developed diabetes and began the use of insulin in October of the same year. The fasting blood sugar during her stay varied from 0.34 to 0.20 per cent. She was discharged to the care of her local physician, Sept. 16, 1924, taking 10 units of insulin three times a day.
Her next admission to the Deaconess Hospital was at 5:30 a. m., Sept. 18, 1927, in profound coma, and her
Curtis WS, Dixson IM. EXTREME HYPERGLYCEMIA IN DIABETIC COMA WITH RECOVERY. JAMA. 1928;90(14):1115–1116. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.92690410002010b
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