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Pathol a sudden change, for better or worse, in the course of a disease
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a sharp turning point in the course of a disease that is accompanied by a drop in elevated body temperature and improvement in the patient’s condition.

A crisis usually occurs in acute-onset diseases with a rapid rise in temperature (croupous inflammation of the lungs, malaria, relapsing fever, and so forth). A crisis is associated with profuse sweating, marked weakness, and sometimes a temporary slowing of cardiac activity. A crisis is the opposite of a gradual subsidence of a pathological process and lowering in temperature called lysis. A crisis is to be distinguished from a pseudocrisis, in which there is only a temporary lowering of temperature and improvement in the patient’s condition. A critical drop in temperature may also occur as a result of removal of the suppurative focus from the patient’s body or administration of powerful antimicrobial agents.

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The turning point in the course of a disease.
The psychological events associated with a specific stage of life, as an identity crisis or developmental crisis.
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This may be circumvented by obtaining a new test of enzymatic activity at least three months after the hemolytic crisis has been successfully controlled.
In respect to causes of hemolysis in G6PD deficient patients, ingestion of fresh fava beans was the major cause of hemolytic crisis in158 patients (80.6%).
In this research we also reported one case of hemolytic crisis in G6PD deficient patient who had diabetes ketoacidosis as a trigger that is in line with Messina et al who also reported hemolytic crisis in non-ketotic and euglycemic child with G6PD deficiency and onset of type 1 diabetes.23 Eugene et al, declared that ketotic prone diabetes (KPD) display a propensity to hyperglycemic induced acute insulin stress in B cells.24