Dramatic rise in severe ketoacidosis cases among children

The experience of one NSW hospital suggests COVID-19 restrictions are behind a wave of late type 1 diabetes diagnoses, doctors say

A jump in severe ketoacidosis presentations among children with new-onset type 1 diabetes is likely because families have been trying to avoid hospitals during the pandemic, researchers say.

Although limited to the experience of a single NSW hospital, the findings are likely to be nationally representative and mirror similar trends seen in the US, Italy and Germany, they say.

In an observational study, clinicians at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital in Newcastle compared rates of severe diabetic