Diabetic Ketoacidosis is a complication of new or existing Type 1 Diabetes. Pediatric DKA may be complicated by cerebral edema and due to this risk, is treated differently than adult DKA. Health care providers must follow a published pediatric-specific protocol when treating pediatric DKA. We have chosen 3 examples of such protocols: a general treatment algorithm from the Canadian Diabetes Association, a detailed treatment algorithm from BC Children's Hospital (English) and a detailed treatment algorithm from Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine (French). Each pediatric hospital in Canada will have a protocol that they follow, thus early communication with the diabetes specialist at your pediatric referral site is a key element of the management of these patients.



Systematic reviews

Systematic Review: Bicarbonate in diabetic ketoacidosis


Chua, HR, Schneider, A, & Bellomo, R

Objective: This study was designed to examine the efficacy and risk of bicarbonate administration in the emergent treatment of severe acidemia in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).

Systematic Review: Factors associated with the presence of diabetic ketoacidosis at diagnosis of diabetes in children and young adults


Usher-Smith, JA, Thompson, MJ, Sharp, SJ, & Walter, FM

Objective: To identify the factors associated with diabetic ketoacidosis at diagnosis of type 1 diabetes in children and young adults.

Critically Appraised Topic: Evidence-based emergency medicine/critically appraised topic. Is fluid therapy associated with cerebral edema in children with diabetic ketoacidosis?


Hom, J, & Sinert, R

Diabetic ketoacidosis is the most common cause of morbidity and mortality in children with type I diabetes mellitus, and cerebral edema is the leading cause of pediatric diabetic ketoacidosis death. Excessive intravenous fluid administration has been implicated as a cause of cerebral edema. We perform an evidence-based emergency medicine review assessing the association of intravenous fluid hydration and cerebral edema.

Systematic Review: Cerebral edema in diabetic ketoacidosis


Levin, DL

Objective: To review the causes of cerebral edema in diabetic ketoacidosis (CEDKA), including pathophysiology, risk factors, and proposed mechanisms, to review the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of CEDKA and the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis as it pertains to prevention of cerebral edema.