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Clinical Practice Guidelines

Clinical Practice Guidelines

See also: Background to condition Clinical hypoglycemia is defined as a blood sugar level (BSL) low enough to cause symptoms and/or signs of impaired brain function. This is generally accepted as a BSL <2.6mmol/L. Prolonged or recurrent hypoglycaemia, especially when associated with symptoms and signs can cause long term neurological damage or death. Thus, prompt recognition and treatment are essential. Hypoglycaemia is the most frequent acute complication of type 1 diabetes either due to excess insulin or illnesses causing nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea and decreased oral intake. Hyperinsulinism is the most common cause of persistent hypoglycaemia under 2 years. The presence of ketonuria and/or ketonaemia makes this diagnosis very unlikely. Accelerated starvation (previously known as “ketotic hypoglycaemia”) is the most common cause of hypoglycemia beyond infancy, usually presenting between 18 months to 5 years. It occurs after a prolonged fast and is usually precipitated by a relatively mild illness. It requires documenting a low BSL in association with ketonuria and/or ketonaemia, but definitive diagnosis requires exclusion of other metabolic and endocrine causes. Hypoglycaemia may be an early manifestation of other serious disorders (eg. sepsis, congenital heart disease, tumours) Neonates – please refer to Neonatal Hypoglycemia Beyond neonatal period to 2 years: congenital hyperinsulinism, inborn errors of metabolism (eg. fatty acid oxidation defect, glycogen storage disease, galactosemia), congenital hormone deficiencies (eg. growth hormone deficiency) Child: accelerated starvation, hypopituitarism Adolescent: insulinoma, adrenal insufficiency Feeding history Tolerance to fasting / illness Relationship to food Milk products (galactosemia) Fructose e.g. juices Continue reading >>

Poor Specificity Of Low Growth Hormone And Cortisol Levels During Fasting Hypoglycemia For The Diagnoses Of Growth Hormone Deficiency And Adrenal Insufficiency

Poor Specificity Of Low Growth Hormone And Cortisol Levels During Fasting Hypoglycemia For The Diagnoses Of Growth Hormone Deficiency And Adrenal Insufficiency

Abstract OBJECTIVES. Fasting tests are used to identify the cause of hypoglycemia in children. The purposes of this study were to (1) determine whether growth hormone and cortisol levels obtained at the time of hypoglycemia in such tests can identify children with growth hormone and/or cortisol deficiency and (2) identify potential clinical factors that influence growth hormone and cortisol responses to hypoglycemia. STUDY DESIGN. The design consisted of chart review of all diagnostic fasting tests conducted over a 3-year period (n = 151). A normal growth hormone level was defined as ≥7.5 ng/mL, and a normal cortisol level was defined as ≥18 μg/dL. RESULTS. During the fasting tests, 84 children (median age: 1.3 years [2 days to 14.3 years]), became hypoglycemic, with blood glucose ≤50 mg/dL. Diagnoses included normal, ketotic hypoglycemia, hyperinsulinism, fatty acid–oxidation defects, glycogen-storage disease, and late dumping hypoglycemia. A total of 70% had growth hormone and cortisol levels less than the “normal” thresholds regardless of diagnosis. Of various factors (age, diagnosis, fast duration, duration blood glucose level of <60 mg/dL, and blood glucose nadir), only age was positively associated with cortisol, and none were consistently related to growth hormone. CONCLUSIONS. A singe low growth hormone or cortisol value at the time of fasting hypoglycemia has poor specificity for the respective diagnoses of growth hormone deficiency and adrenal insufficiency. Abstract OBJECTIVE. A high proportion of children in the United States are overweight, suffer from food insecurity, and live in households facing maternal stressors. The objective of this article was to identify the associations of food insecurity and maternal stressors with childhood overweig Continue reading >>

(rare Causes). Hypoglycemia And Ketotic Hypoglycaemia, January 2016

(rare Causes). Hypoglycemia And Ketotic Hypoglycaemia, January 2016

Information for parents and carers Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) and ketotic hypoglycaemia What is hypoglycaemia? Hypoglycemia is having a blood glucose (also known as blood sugar) level that is too low to provide energy for the body's cells. What is glucose? Glucose is a sugar that is made from the breakdown of carbohydrates found in foods. It is the main source of fuel for the body (including the brain). It may be stored in the liver and muscles for later use, but spare glucose is converted to fat. The level of glucose in the blood is controlled by complex hormone and energy pathways. What is a healthy range of blood glucose? The normal range of blood glucose throughout the day and night is around 3.5 – 6 mmols/litre. However, this varies according to a number of factors; your child’s doctor will talk with you about what should be a normal range for him or her. Why is hypoglycemia a concern? The brain depends on glucose, and too little can affect its ability to function. Severe or very prolonged hypoglycemia could result in fits or serious brain injury. We think your child may be at risk of low blood sugar and you will have been given some advice and treatment to prevent this problem. Causes in young children Single episodes: ï€ Sickness and diarrhoea, or another illness that may cause them to not eat enough. ï€ Fasting for a prolonged period of time. ï€ Prolonged exercise with lack of food. Recurrent episodes: ï€ Ketotic hypoglycaemia. ï€ Medications your child may be taking. ï€ Congenital (present at birth) error in energy metabolism or unusual hormone problem Hypoglycemia and ketotic hypoglycaemia What is ketotic hypoglycaemia? A common reason for recurrent episodes of low blood sugar in young children is ketotic hypoglycaemia, whi Continue reading >>

Ketotic Hypoglycemia In Children

Ketotic Hypoglycemia In Children

Did You Know? Fasting tolerance improves with an increase in body mass, which is believed to be the reason why children with ketotic hypoglycemia outgrow this condition by the time they turn 8 to 9 years old. Ketotic hypoglycemia is the most common type of hypoglycemia that affects children after the neonatal period. However, the condition resolves on its own by the time they reach adolescence. More commonly, children in the age group of 18 months to 5 years experience recurrent episodes of hypoglycemia, especially during an illness or after fasting for a prolonged time period (more than 8 to 16 hours). Hypoglycemia refers to a blood sugar level lower than 70 mg/dL. Usually, hypoglycemia is a complication associated with diabetes. So, diabetic children and adolescents can experience hypoglycemia when they take too much of insulin or eat too little. But, ketotic hypoglycemia has not been found to be related to a specific endocrine or metabolic abnormality. It is mainly associated with low tolerance for fasting, and most children outgrow this condition before they turn 8 to 9 years old. After this age, the incidence of this type of hypoglycemia is quite rare. It is characterized by fasting hypoglycemia and ketosis. Ketosis refers to an increase in the level of ketones in the body. When the level of blood glucose is low, the liver releases its stored glycogen, which is converted to glucose in order to maintain adequate serum glucose. This is then followed by lipolysis, where the fat is broken down by the body to derive energy. The process, however, produces ketones as by-products. So, this condition is where the blood glucose level is low, with elevated levels of ketone bodies. ✦ Ketotic hypoglycemia, also known as 'accelerated starvation', is idiopathic in nature. In ot Continue reading >>

Pediatric Hypoglycemia

Pediatric Hypoglycemia

Practice Essentials Hypoglycemia may be considered a biochemical symptom, indicating the presence of an underlying cause. Because glucose is the fundamental energy currency of the cell, disorders that affect its availability or use can cause hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is a common clinical problem in neonates, [1] is less common in infants and toddlers, and is rare in older children. It can be caused by various conditions. The most common cause of mild or severe hypoglycemia in childhood is insulin-treated type 1 diabetes, when there is a mismatch among food, exercise, and insulin. (See Etiology and Epidemiology.) Complications Many of the etiologies of hypoglycemia may carry the same consequences, complicating the causal distinction. Infants and children with asymptomatic hypoglycemia have been shown to have neurocognitive defects at the time of hypoglycemia, including impaired auditory and sensory-evoked responses and impaired test performance. (See Prognosis, History, and Physical Examination.) Long-term consequences of hypoglycemia include decreased head size, lowered IQ, and specific regional brain abnormalities observed using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Physiologic defenses against hypoglycemia The body normally defends against hypoglycemia by decreasing insulin secretion and increasing glucagon, epinephrine, growth hormone, and cortisol secretion. These hormonal changes combine to increase hepatic glucose output, increase alternative fuel availability, and decrease glucose use (see the diagram below). The increase in hepatic glucose production is initially caused by the breakdown of liver glycogen stores resulting from lower insulin levels and increased glucagon levels. When glycogen stores become depleted and protein breakdown increases because of increased Continue reading >>

Ask The Diabetes Team

Ask The Diabetes Team

Question: From Moraga, California, USA: My daughter was diagnosed with ketotic hypoglycemia at two years, 10 months after a bout of rotavirus. She has consistently been in the 75th percentile for height and 90th percentile for weight, so she does not appear to fit the standard child with ketotic hypoglycemia I have read about. The episode occurred after a trip to a high altitude where she was extremely active (we live at sea level). She started vomiting at 2 a.m. one night during our vacation and could hold nothing down the entire next day, not even a teaspoon of water. We drove home and took her to the Emergency Room (ER) almost 24 hours after the vomiting started. The doctor gave her suppositories to stop the vomiting, but performed no blood work, and we went home. She drank some Pedialyte and juice, about 16 ounces total, through the night and next morning. Around noon, she started vomiting again and could hold nothing down. Mild diarrhea also started. She became more lethargic and that night, around 2 a.m. (48 hours after the vomiting started and 24 hours after the first visit), she started vomiting bile. We took her back to the ER. Her sugar was 26 mg/dl [1.4 mmol/L]. It took a few hours for her sugar to get back over 80 mg/dl [4.4 mmol/L], where they wanted it. She was hospitalized and the doctors performed numerous tests on her, including a fasting blood sugar test, and found nothing out of the ordinary aside from the rotavirus. We saw an endocrinologist who had us test her blood sugar at home for a few weeks. Everything looked okay and we were told she had ketotic hypoglycemia. We just had to be careful to give her something to eat before bed and an early breakfast, which we do. Aside from getting grumpy when hungry, she has been fine since the episode a little Continue reading >>

Hypoglycemia And Low Blood Sugar | Symptoms And Causes

Hypoglycemia And Low Blood Sugar | Symptoms And Causes

What are the symptoms of hypoglycemia? While each child may experience symptoms of hypoglycemia differently, the most common include: shakiness dizziness sweating hunger headache irritability pale skin color sudden moodiness or behavior changes, such as crying for no apparent reason clumsy or jerky movements difficulty paying attention or confusion What causes hypoglycemia? The vast majority of episodes of hypoglycemia in children and adolescents occur when a child with diabetes takes too much insulin, eats too little, or exercises strenuously or for a prolonged period of time. For young children who do not have diabetes, hypoglycemia may be caused by: Single episodes: Stomach flu, or another illness that may cause them to not eat enough fasting for a prolonged period of time prolonged strenuous exercise and lack of food Recurrent episodes: accelerated starvation, also known as “ketotic hypoglycemia,” a tendency for children without diabetes, or any other known cause of hypoglycemia, to experience repeated hypoglycemic episodes. medications your child may be taking a congenital (present at birth) error in metabolism or unusual disorder such as hypopituitarism or hyperinsulinism. Continue reading >>

Low Blood Sugar In Kids Linked To Mutations

Low Blood Sugar In Kids Linked To Mutations

WASHINGTON -- Children with recurrent unexplained episodes of hypoglycemia should be screened for the ketotic forms of glycogen storage disease, a researcher said here. Among a group of 173 children who had two or more episodes of ketotic hypoglycemia, defined as plasma glucose levels below 50 mg/dL and ketones present in the urine or blood, 34.7% were found on genetic testing to have mutations associated with disorders of glycogen storage or utilization, according to Michelle M. Corrado, BS, and colleagues from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Type 1, or "classical" glycogen storage disease, is caused by a genetic mutation which causes a deficiency of glucose-6-phosphatase. The result is an inability to metabolize glucose accompanied by a lack of gluconeogenesis, so patients become severely hypoglycemic and develop hepatomegaly. Certain other forms of the disease, however, are characterized by a milder phenotype. In types 3,6, and 9, the mutations prevent glycogen from breaking down into glucose, while in type zero, the mutation inhibits storage of glucose in the liver as glycogen. In those four types, patients can't utilize glucose for energy, but glyconeogenesis is intact and patients can break down fat for energy, with byproducts of triglycerides and ketones. Because little is known about the prevalence of these conditions, and to determine whether they might be an underrecognized cause of childhood hypoglycemia, Corrado's group has conducted a long-term study in which they screened genomic DNA from saliva of children with multiple episodes of hypoglycemia and no evidence of adrenal insufficiency, growth hormone deficiency, or fatty acid oxidation disorders. A total of 102 of the children enrolled in the study between 1998 and 2013 were male, and 71 were fe Continue reading >>

Approach To Hypoglycemia In Infants And Children

Approach To Hypoglycemia In Infants And Children

INTRODUCTION In healthy individuals, maintenance of a normal plasma glucose concentration depends upon: A normal endocrine system for integrating and modulating substrate mobilization, interconversion, and utilization. Functionally intact enzymes for glycogen synthesis, glycogenolysis, glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, and utilization of other metabolic fuels for oxidation and storage. An adequate supply of endogenous fat, glycogen, and potential gluconeogenic substrates (eg, amino acids, glycerol, and lactate). Adults are capable of maintaining a near-normal plasma glucose concentration, even when fasting for weeks or, in the case of obese subjects, months [1]. In contrast, healthy neonates and young children are unable to maintain normal plasma glucose concentrations after even a short fast (24 to 36 hours) and exhibit a progressive decline in plasma glucose concentration to hypoglycemic values [2,3]. Continue reading >>

Ketotic Hypoglycemia

Ketotic Hypoglycemia

Ketotic hypoglycemia is a medical term used in two ways: (1) broadly, to refer to any circumstance in which low blood glucose is accompanied by ketosis, and (2) in a much more restrictive way to refer to recurrent episodes of hypoglycemic symptoms with ketosis and, often, vomiting, in young children. The first usage refers to a pair of metabolic states (hypoglycemia plus ketosis) that can have many causes, while the second usage refers to a specific "disease" called ketotic hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia with ketosis: the broad sense[edit] There are hundreds of causes of hypoglycemia. Normally, the defensive, physiological response to a falling blood glucose is reduction of insulin secretion to undetectable levels, and release of glucagon, adrenaline, and other counterregulatory hormones. This shift of hormones initiates glycogenolysis and gluconeogenesis in the liver, and lipolysis in adipose tissue. Lipids are metabolized to triglycerides, in turn to fatty acids, which are transformed in the mitochondria of liver and kidney cells to the ketone bodies— acetoacetate, beta-hydroxybutyrate, and acetone. Ketones can be used by the brain as an alternate fuel when glucose is scarce. A high level of ketones in the blood, ketosis, is thus a normal response to hypoglycemia in healthy people of all ages. The presence or absence of ketosis is therefore an important clue to the cause of hypoglycemia in an individual patient. Absence of ketosis ("nonketotic hypoglycemia") most often indicates excessive insulin as the cause of the hypoglycemia. Less commonly, it may indicate a fatty acid oxidation disorder. Ketotic hypoglycemia in Glycogen storage disease[edit] Some of the subtypes of Glycogen storage disease show ketotic hypoglycemia after fasting periods. Especially Glycogen storage Continue reading >>

Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia

Introduction Infants and children produce and use glucose at a higher turnover rate than adults, and are thus unable to maintain a normal plasma glucose concentration even after a short fast of 24-36 hours. In infants, 90% of the glucose is used by the brain, which decreases over time to reach the norm of 40% for adults. Thus, preventing hypoglycemia is very important to avoid developmental deficits. Definition of hypoglycemia <40 mg/dL, regardless of age. This definition is controversial, however, glucose levels below 40 mg/dL produces hunger and excessive catecholamine response. Symptoms Gen: Irritability, anxiety, hunger, fatigue, Neuro: HA, blurred vision, tremors, weakness, confusion, ataxia, stupor, seizures, coma GI: abdominal pain, Heme/CV: pallor, cyanosis, diaphoresis, tachycardia, Resp: tachypnea, lethargy, apnea Most symptoms can be explained through stimulation of sympathetic responses. Recurrent severe hypoglycemic episodes can lead to brain damage and intellectual impairment. History Age Dietary Intake: what types of food (carbohydrates, protein, etc), how soon after eating did hypoglycemia develop, amount of food intake Child’s PMHx Family History: sudden infant deaths, similar problems in family Evaluation of Suspected Hypoglycemia (note: if possible, collect these samples before treatment to offer chances of earlier diagnosis) Venous sample for glucose, BMP (electrolytes, BUN, Cr), LFTs, lactate, insulin level, C-peptide, growth hormone, and cortisol levels. Blood samples for substrates: FFAs, Beta-hydroxybutarate, total and free carnitine, acylcarnitines Immediately begin efforts to collect urine (bagged specimen) and send for urinalysis and urine organic acid analysis. Check urine for ketones and glucose. Differential for Hypoglycemia A good starti Continue reading >>

Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia refers to low blood sugar, or technically a lower than normal blood glucose level. It is rarely encountered in pediatric practice outside of the newborn nursery, where it is a commonplace event. Profound hypoglycemia in the newborn can cause brain damage. Aggressive blood glucose monitoring of asymptomatic (nothing appears to be wrong) infants has been the standard. I think attitudes are softening in the era of cost-benefit analysis, since many babies seem to be subjected to large numbers of (in retrospect) needless blood glucose determinations compared to the actual number of significant problems identified. Symptoms of hypoglycemia are generally related to the body's efforts to raise the blood glucose level back to where it should be. These symptoms are really just the manifestations of adrenaline (epinephrine) release, which is the chief signal the body uses to mobilise stored glucose into the bloodstream. The most noticable adrenaline effects are nervousness, light-headedness, increased heart rate, and a particularly urgent sense of hunger. Headache is sometimes a symptom of hypoglycemia; I believe the explanation is brain neuronal cell dysfunction. In the newborn, symptoms of hypoglycemia include sweating, jitteriness, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, pallor, or even apnea. Profound or very difficult to treat hypoglycemia in a newborn can signal the presence of rare but dangerous conditions such as galactosemia, growth hormone deficiency, insulin secreting tumors, or may reflect severe intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). Hypoglycemia is the opposite of hyperglycemia - high blood glucose - which is the hallmark of diabetes. True hypoglycemia in children older than newborns is reasonably rare and is not the cause of the myriad complaints and condit Continue reading >>

Practical Peds: Handling The Hypoglycemic Child

Practical Peds: Handling The Hypoglycemic Child

There are a few kids out there who are prone to hypoglycemia. They may be diabetic and on insulin, or have ketotic hypoglycemia or metabolic disorders that cause them to drop their blood sugars with stress. One thing that mothers can do is stock up on cake frosting. Your next patient is a small five-year-old boy who is rather thin and pale. He is lying on the gurney and not responding to anything. On rapid assessment, his airway, breathing and circulation seem to be OK. He isn’t actively having a seizure. His mom says she brought him in because his blood sugar is low. You get a bedside glucose and she’s right, it’s 38. You start a line and grab a couple of tubes of blood before you start any dextrose. You bolus him with 5 ml/kg of 10% dextrose rapidly through the peripheral line. Now it’s time to talk to the mom and get more of the story. She says he’s had this problem since he was two. He’ll have episodes of vomiting and become unresponsive and when he’s taken in to the ED his blood sugar will be low. He’s been admitted for this in the past but his work-up has been inconclusive. Mom says that she was to tell the ED the next time he came in to get some labs before they give him glucose. OK, now you’re feeling pretty good about those tubes you snagged. This morning was a pretty typical episode for him. He woke up and began vomiting. No fevers. Mom gave him Zofran but he vomited that too. She kept checking his blood sugars and they ranged from 49-59. She made one more attempt to get him to take something by mouth but he threw that up too, so she loaded him in the car and brought him in to the ED. He’s vomited about 8 times. No diarrhea, no fevers, no ill contacts. His past history is otherwise unremarkable. He’s on no meds except Zofran as needed. No Continue reading >>

Missed Meals Or Night Hunger Can Make Your Child Throw Up

Missed Meals Or Night Hunger Can Make Your Child Throw Up

IN MOST cases, we have seen young kids who go to bed or sleep without super and in the night complains of nausea or vomit. When we eat, food, especially carbohydrates, are converted into glucose in the body that provides energy. Glucose in blood is glycemia and in case there is low glucose, then the situation becomes hypoglycemia. The situation whereby kids develop low blood glucose or hypoglycemia and vomit is known as ketotic hypoglycemia. Some parents might not realise that not getting enough food can be the cause of unexplained vomiting for their young ones and this usually happens in the middle of the night or morning. Children who are seemingly health and vomit during the above mentioned times then vomiting is often caused by low blood sugar. However, this problem is often seen amongst children aged nine months and five years. The child will typically feel some nausea or abdominal discomfort just prior to vomiting, and will usually be subdued for about 30 minutes after vomiting, afterwards will otherwise appear normal. Vomiting caused by ketotic hypoglycemia is often misdiagnosed as the stomach flu. The distinguishing feature of ketotic hypoglycemia is that the child quickly returns to normal; if vomiting occurs in the middle of the night, after a short period of general weakness, the child will typically sleep comfortably for the rest of the night. But if vomiting occurs in the morning, the child has to eat before he or she goes for daily activities. Vomits caused by ketotic hypoglycemia differ from those caused by other problems such as the stomach flu. In ketotic hypoglycemia, the Vomitus appears typically bubbly and tinged with a bit of yellow color whereas in stomach flu the vomits are incompletely digested food. Why so common in the middle of the night? Duri Continue reading >>

An Often Overlooked Cause Of Vomiting

An Often Overlooked Cause Of Vomiting

Most parents don't realize that not getting enough food can be the cause of unexplained vomiting in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning. Where there is no fever, stomach flu, or any other common cause of vomiting in younger children, vomiting is often caused by low blood sugar. Most typically, this happens to children between 8 months and 4.5 to 5 years of age. The official diagnosis for this scenario is ketotic hypoglycemia. Vomiting induced by ketotic hypoglycemia usually happens in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning, and typically when there's been a longer-than-normal stretch of not eating - missing dinner is a common cause for those who are predisposed to this. The child will typically feel some nausea and/or abdominal discomfort just prior to vomiting, and will usually be subdued for about a half hour after vomiting, but will otherwise appear normal. Vomiting caused by ketotic hypoglycemia is often misdiagnosed as the stomach flu. The distinguishing feature of ketotic hypoglycemia is that the child quickly returns to normal; if vomiting occurs in the middle of the night, after a short period of malaise, the child will typically sleep comfortably for the rest of the night; if vomiting occurs first thing in the morning, within about 30 minutes, he or she will be ready to eat and go about everyday activities. Vomitus is typically bubbly and tinged with a bit of yellow color - this is distinctly different from vomitus that accompanies the stomach flu, which usually includes incompletely digested food. Normally during night-time sleep, the body uses blood glucose and some stores of glycogen in the muscles and/or liver to generate energy needed to carry out basic metabolic activities. Ketotic hypoglycemia tends to occur in young chil Continue reading >>

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