Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Nonketotic Syndrome: Overview

Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Nonketotic Syndrome (HHNS) is a complication of Type 2 Diabetes. It may arise from undiagnosed Type 2 Diabetes, or if a patient with Type 2 Diabetes is non-compliant and has poor diabetic control for a period of time. HHNS is somewhat similar to DKA, but it is “nonketotic” which means that the patient does not suffer from ketones in the blood. Nevertheless, this condition can be extremely dangerous and even potentially fatal.

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