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Delayed referral of new-onset type 1 diabetes increases the risk of diabetic ketoacidosis

Maria E Craig, Catherine H Wong, Joanna Alexander, Ann M Maguire and Martin Silink
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (4): 219.
Published online: 16 February 2009

To the Editor: The incidence of type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is increasing in Australia.1,2 There is also general consensus that the incidence of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is increasing in children, as noted in an Australian study.3 We conducted a retrospective audit of the referral pattern of patients with newly diagnosed T1DM presenting to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, a tertiary referral centre serving the population of western Sydney.

  • Maria E Craig
  • Catherine H Wong
  • Joanna Alexander
  • Ann M Maguire
  • Martin Silink

  • Institute of Endocrinology and Diabetes, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: m.craig@unsw.edu.au

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