Fulminant type 1 diabetes in pregnancy

Intern Med J. 2016 Oct;46(10):1212-1215. doi: 10.1111/imj.13218.


We report two cases of fulminant type 1 diabetes in previously well migrants from South East Asia. This entity, which is rare outside East or South-East Asia, has a high perinatal mortality. The clinical presentation differs markedly from that of typical newly recognised type 1 diabetes in pregnancy. In both our cases, the neonates required intensive care but survived.

Keywords: DKA; fulminant type 1 diabetes; pregnancy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / complications*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / diagnosis*
  • Diabetes, Gestational / diagnosis*
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis / diagnosis*
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis / therapy
  • Emigrants and Immigrants
  • Female
  • Glucose Tolerance Test
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A / analysis
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intensive Care, Neonatal
  • Pregnancy


  • Glycated Hemoglobin A