The risk of ketogenic diets while breastfeeding: severe euglycaemic ketoacidosis

Nardeen S Habashy, Hwang Tan and Emily J Hibbert
Med J Aust 2021; 215 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51212
Published online: 6 September 2021


  • 1 Nepean Hospital, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 Nepean Clinical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW

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