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Unusual association of diseases/symptoms
Cannabis masks diabetic ketoacidosis
  1. Annemarie Hennessy
  1. Department of Medicine, University of Western Sydney, Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Professor Annemarie Hennessy, annemari{at}


This is the first series to identify that diabetic ketosis presenting in cannabis users has a different and conflicting acid base profile compared to non-cannabis users and can confuse the need for intensive or critical care in these at-risk patients. This association of drugtaking history and clinical presentation has implications for how the authors treat the drug using sector of the population with diabetes.

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