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FAMILIAL HYPERINSULINEMIC HYPOGLYCEMIA
The Familial Hyperinsulinemic Hypoglycemia is a condition characterized by low glucose in the body due to excessive insulin. This can be endogenous or injected insulin. Congenital or acquired, the condition when caused by endogenous insulin may be apparent in a newborn or may present years later. The signs and symptoms vary by age and severity of the condition. But in most cases, the effects and symptoms are reversed when the glucose levels are brought back to normal.
HOW IS FAMILIAL HYPERINSULINEMIC HYPOGLYCEMIA DIAGNOSED?
Some information about Familial Hyperinsulinemic Hypoglycemia can be obtained from a blood and urine tests. Paediatricians may look for abnormal size of babies and enlarged heart and liver. For confirming diagnosis, serum concentration of insulin may be checked. A glucagon stimulation test helps differentiate this disease from other related diseases. Molecular genetic testing may also be performed.
HOW IS FAMILIAL HYPERINSULINEMIC HYPOGLYCEMIA TREATED?
Correction of hypoglycaemia must happen immediately through intravenous administration of glucose. upon detection of the condition. Long term medical management aims at decreasing and parenteral glucose. Surgical intervention may be required at severe stages.
DID YOU KNOW?
Aggressive prevention of hypoglycaemia helps prevent brain damage.