Acute Starvation as a Trigger for Non-Diabetic Ketoacidosis in a Third-Trimester Pregnant Woman Undergoing Severe SARS-CoV-2 Pneumonia

Acute Starvation as a Trigger for Non-Diabetic Ketoacidosis in a Third-Trimester Pregnant Woman Undergoing Severe SARS-CoV-2 Pneumonia

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The clinical case depicted here demonstrates the relevance of fasting ketoacidemia in a pregnant woman undergoing second to third trimester, without a history of diabetes mellitus. The case description is adequate. The report Discusses that in conditions of increased metabolic demand, such as pregnancy and pneumonia, starving could increase metabolic stress and finally alter the acid-base status affecting the clinical situation for the patient. The Discussion puts forth the rationale for taking up the study, effectively describes the relevant literature and enlists the implications of the findings from the present study in that context.



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Further comments on the paper

Comments: The case report presents the case of acute starvation as a trigger for non-diabetic ketoacidosis in a 34-years old third-trimester pregnant woman undergoing severe SARS-CoV-2 pneumonia. The study holds significance as starvation ketoacidosis rarely occurs in non-diabetic patients as there are glucose-production pathways compensating for the lack of carbohydrates intake. Till date, there is no such case reported in literature with the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The study further states that ketosis is common in prolonged fasting, but it rarely impacts pH in an acute patient.


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Author Info

Corresponding Author
Luis Del Carpio-Orantes
Intensive Care Unit, General Hospital No. 71 Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Veracruz, Mexico

Article Info

Article Type
Case Report
Publication history
Received: Thu 27, Jan 2022
Accepted: Tue 22, Feb 2022
Published: Thu 03, Mar 2022
© 2021 Luis Del Carpio-Orantes. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Hosting by Science Repository.
DOI: 10.31487/j.JCMCR.2022.01.01