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1. Investigation of the epidemiology of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) at a public hospital. All cases of DKA at SCVMC occurring over the past 5 years have been identified. Of the 480 cases of DKA, about 1/3 are in Type II diabetics, and 2/3 in Type I diabetics. We are exploring the causes of DKA in the two groups.2. Rebound hyperkalemia in thyrotoxic periodic paralysis (TPP). Of 27 cases of TPP presenting to SCVMC over the past 10 years, approximately 1/3 develop hyperkalemia after treatment of their hypokalemia with potassium. We are exploring the causes of this rebound hyperkalemia.