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Minerva Pediatrica 2003 February;55(1):79-82

Copyright © 2003 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Prolonged hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia in a small for date preterm

Pezzati M., Barni S., Chiti G., Danesi G., Rubaltelli F. F.


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Hyperinsulinism is an important cause of hypoglycemia in early infancy. Many forms of hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia are described: transient, prolonged, persistent. Transient forms are well recognized in infants of diabetic mother; prolonged forms are responsible for the hypoglycemia in small-for-date (SGA) infants and asphyxiated newborns. Persistent hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia occurs in a group of congenital disorders associated with an abnormality of b-cell regulation throughout the pancreas. Accurate diagnosis and treatment are essential in all various forms of hyperinsulinism also because newborns are at high risk of permanent brain damage. We report a case of prolonged hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia in a SGA preterm, immediately treated with a high dose of glucose and glucocorticoid and then with diazoxide. Hypoglycemia was continued until 2 months of age when it resolved spontaneously and completely.

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