Severe metabolic acidosis as a consequence of acute starvation in pregnancy

Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s00404-008-0715-3

Cite this article as:
Burbos, N., Shiner, A.M. & Morris, E. Arch Gynecol Obstet (2009) 279: 399. doi:10.1007/s00404-008-0715-3


Ketoacidosis is most often due to uncontrolled diabetes mellitus. Similar metabolic changes can occur with poor dietary intake of carbohydrates or prolonged fasting. Metabolic acidosis due to prolonged fasting is rarely described in the literature. We report a case of severe metabolic acidosis as a result of prolonged fasting in pregnancy.


Pregnancy Starvation Ketoacidosis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikolaos Burbos
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alice M. Shiner
    • 1
  • Edward Morris
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyNorfolk and Norwich University HospitalNorwichUK
  2. 2.StowmarketUK

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