Hyperosmolar nonketotic hyperglycemic coma (HNKHC) is a serious, rare complication induced by methylprednisolone (MP) pulse therapy for acute rejection after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). Herein, we report an unusual case of a 58-year-old woman who experienced acute rejection at 30 months after OLT, only one case in which HNKHC resulted in MP pulse therapy for acute rejection in all 913 recipients in our center. The general morbidity of HNKHC was 1.09‰ in this study. HNKHC is characterized by rapid onset, rapid progression, and a lack of specific clinical manifestations. High-dose MP management was a clear risk factor. The principle of treatment included rapid rehydration, low-dose insulin infusion, and correcting disorders of electrolytes and acidosis. In conclusion, clinicians considering MP pulse therapy after OLT should be alert to the occurrence of HNKHC.
- Hyperosmolar nonketotic hyperglycemic coma
- Liver transplantation
- Methylprednisolone pulse therapy
- Principle of treatment
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty