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Original Investigation |

Drug-Induced Hypoglycemic Coma in 102 Diabetic Patients FREE

Haim Ben-Ami, MD; Pradeep Nagachandran, MD; Ayelet Mendelson, MD; Yeouda Edoute, MD, PhD
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From the Department of Internal Medicine C, Rambam Medical Center, and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa.


Arch Intern Med. 1999;159(3):281-284. doi:10.1001/archinte.159.3.281.
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Background  Hypoglycemic coma is a continuous threat for diabetic patients treated with insulin and/or oral hypoglycemic agents; it may be associated with substantial morbidity and mortality.

Methods  We retrospectively reviewed our clinical experience with drug-induced hypoglycemic coma during a 7-year period.

Results  The study consisted of 102 patients and included 61 females and 41 males. The median age was 72 years. Ninety-two patients suffered from type 2 diabetes mellitus; 10 patients had type 1 diabetes mellitus. The median lowest blood glucose level was 1.77 mmol/L (32 mg/dL). Drug-induced hypoglycemic coma occurred in 99 patients out of the hospital, while 3 patients developed it during hospitalization. Drug-induced hypoglycemic coma occurred in patients undergoing treatment with insulin, glyburide, and combined therapy with insulin and glyburide, insulin and metformin, or glyburide and metformin. Ninety-three patients had at least 1 of the following risk factors: age older than 60 years, renal dysfunction, decreased intake of energy, and infection. Fourteen patients concomitantly received drugs that potentiated hypoglycemia. Forty patients responded to treatment within the first 12 hours, while 62 patients had protracted hypoglycemia of 12 to 72 hours' duration. Morbidity included physical injuries in 7 patients, myocardial ischemia in 2 patients, and stroke in 1 patient. Death occurred in 5 patients.

Conclusions  Hypoglycemic coma is a serious and not an uncommon problem among elderly patients with diabetes mellitus and treated with insulin and/or oral hypoglycemic drugs. Risk factors contribute substantially to the morbidity and mortality of patients with drug-induced hypoglycemic coma. Enhanced therapeutic monitoring may be warranted when hypoglycemic drugs are administered to an elderly patient with the above predisposing factors and potentiating drugs for hypoglycemia.

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DIABETIC PATIENTS who are treated with insulin and/or hypoglycemic drugs are at a greater risk of suffering hypoglycemic episodes than diabetic patients treated by diet only, a fact that has been supported by the widespread systemic monitoring of blood glucose during the last decade.13 The inability of the brain to utilize oxygen at low blood glucose levels despite normal arterial oxygen tension results in impaired brain function.4 Drug-induced hypoglycemia is an ongoing threat for diabetic patients treated with insulin and/or oral hypoglycemic agents; it may be associated with substantial morbidity and mortality.526 Although publications document the occurrence of drug-induced hypoglycemic coma (DIHC), no recent study directly addresses this issue. The purpose of this study is to describe our clinical experience with DIHC in 102 patients.

The study population consisted of adult, nonalcoholic, nonepileptic patients (≥17 years old) with type 2 or type 1 diabetes mellitus. The patients were admitted to Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel, between January 1, 1986, and December 31, 1992. This was a retrospective medical record review of diabetic patients who were admitted with DIHC or developed DIHC during hospitalization. Charts were reviewed for age, sex, medical history, diagnosis, results of laboratory tests, predisposing factors, use of potentiating drugs for hypoglycemia, complications, and outcome. Hypoglycemic coma was defined as a state in which the patient was not arousable (or responded only to pain), with a blood glucose concentration of 2.72 mmol/L (49 mg/dL) or less, and responded symptomatically (a return of consciousness) to the administration of intravenous glucose. Blood glucose levels were determined using the glucose oxidase method.

Renal dysfunction was defined either as creatinine clearance less than 1.33 mL/s (80 mL/min), as estimated from serum creatinine level, body weight, and sex according to the Cockcroft and Gault formula27 or serum urea nitrogen level greater than 9.25 mmol/L (25 mg/dL). Chronic liver disease was defined as any severe primary or secondary process that had been documented. A risk factor for hypoglycemia was defined as any medical condition or treatment found to be a potential causative factor for hypoglycemia.

Of 102 patients, 61 (59.8%) were female and 41 (40.2%) were male. The median age was 72 years; the age distribution of the patients is depicted in Figure 1. Ninety-two patients had type 2 diabetes mellitus and 10 patients had type 1 diabetes mellitus; knowledge by the patient of his or her condition ranged from 1 to 41 years (median, 10 years).

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Age distribution of patients with drug-induced hypoglycemic coma.

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Drug-induced hypoglycemic coma was the primary cause for hospital admission in 99 patients and occurred during hospitalization in 3 patients. The DIHC occurred in patients treated with a variety of commonly prescribed diabetic medications (Figure 2). Figure 3 illustrates the distribution of blood glucose levels on admission (median, 1.77 mmol/L [32 mg/dL]). Reduced energy intake was caused by a lack of appetite, inability to eat, or nutrient loss (vomiting, diarrhea).

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Diabetic medications.

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Range of serum glucose levels.

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Ninety-three patients had risk factors for DIHC (Figure 4); of these, 27 patients (26.4%) had both renal dysfunction and reduced energy intake. Fourteen patients were concomitantly medicated with hypoglycemia-potentiating drugs, including β-blockers (8 patients), sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim (2 patients), aspirin (2 patients), and cimetidine (2 patients).

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Contributory risk factors for hypoglycemia.

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Sixty-two patients responded to treatment during the first 12 hours, while 40 patients had protracted hypoglycemia of 12 to 72 hours' duration. The estimated median duration of hospitalization because of DIHC was 2 days (range, 1-9 days). The morbidity related to the DIHC included physical injuries (head trauma in 4 patients and skeletal injury in 3 patients), seizures (8 patients), transient asymptomatic myocardial ischemia (manifested as rapid atrial fibrillation and ST-segment depression) (2 patients), and transient right hemiplegia (1 patient). Ninety-seven patients recovered and were discharged home or to an institution. Clinical notes were not sufficient to determine whether the patients had sequelae of hypoglycemic coma. Death occurred in 5 patients (4.9%). The clinical characteristics of these 5 patients are shown in Table 1.

Table Graphic Jump LocationClinical Characteristics of 5 Diabetic Patients Admitted With Coma and Hypoglycemia Who Died*

The brain is vitally dependent on glucose for its normal function and is able neither to store nor to synthesize glucose. Depletion of the supply of glucose to the brain rapidly causes impaired neuronal function, manifested by cognitive impairment or depression of level of consciousness, exhibited as obtundation, stupor, or coma. When the plasma glucose level declines below 2.77 mmol/L (50 mg/dL), appetite is increased and counterregulatory hormones are released, initially glucagon and epinephrine and later cortisol, growth hormone, and norepinephrine, causing glycogenolysis, gluconeogenesis, lipolysis, ketogenesis, and proteolysis. Glucagon is the most important hormone for prompt recovery from acute hypoglycemia. Within 5 years of diagnosis, diabetic patients will demonstrate progressively impaired glucagon response in hypoglycemic states.28 Within 10 years of diagnosis, many will have impaired epinephrine responses, resulting in a loss of adrenergic symptoms. The combined loss of glucagon and epinephrine release results in greatly prolonged recovery from hypoglycemia.29

The protracted hypoglycemia of 12 to 72 hours' duration in 60.8% of our patients may be explained by the prolonged duration of diabetes and the concomitant risk factors for hypoglycemia. Severe hypoglycemia, defined as that associated with coma or requiring assistance of another person for reversal, occurs at least once a year in 10% of patients treated with insulin.10,13,15,30 It is listed as the cause or contributing factor for death in 3% to 6% of diabetic patients.9,3134 This is more relevant to the elderly, because many become dependent on insulin treatment with time. There is increasing evidence that diabetes in many older patients that is initially controlled by diet or oral hypoglycemic agents and later requires insulin treatment is indeed type 1 (insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus), with positive islet cell antibodies.35

A report that used both laboratory and historical assessment of hypoglycemia found a 20% incidence of hypoglycemia in sulfonylurea-treated patients.22 Among our 102 patients with DIHC, the hypoglycemic coma occurred during hospitalization in only 3 patients. The actual incidence of DIHC in hospitalized patients is unknown. Fischer et al18 prospectively studied 42 hospitalized patients with diabetes mellitus who had a total of 64 episodes of hypoglycemia. In that study, insulin was implicated in 57 episodes (90%), but the number of patients with hypoglycemic coma was not mentioned.

In 1 prospective study of 125 patients seen in the emergency department with symptomatic hypoglycemia, coma was observed in 32 patients with blood glucose levels of 0.11 to 1.55 mmol/L (2-28 mg/dL).17 In our study, 48 patients had serum glucose levels below 1.72 mmol/L (31 mg/dL); however, DIHC occurred in 17 patients with blood glucose levels in the range of 2.27 to 2.72 mmol/L (41-49 mg/dL). This fact probably can be explained by associated conditions in elderly patients: compromised cerebral circulation, diminished cardiac output, or hypoxemia that could have contributed to the depressed sensorium. It also indicates the necessity to consider hypoglycemic coma as occurring at higher blood glucose levels than previously documented.

Age itself is an important factor in hypoglycemia.12,20,23,3638 Among 842 patients aged 31 years or older with drug-induced hypoglycemia, 34% were older than 61 years.23 In our patients, age older than 60 years was a factor in 82.3%.

Restricted carbohydrate intake is one of the most frequent factors predisposing to drug-induced hypoglyce-mia.12,17,18,20,23,38 The duration of inadequate nutrition may range from missing only 1 or 2 meals to chronic starvation as might occur in patients with malignant neoplasms. In 35% of our patients, a history of low energy intake was obtained.

The association between hypoglycemia and renal insufficiency is more common than previously has been thought. Several mechanisms for the development of hypoglycemia during renal insufficiency have been proposed, including reduced renal gluconeogenesis39,40 and decreased energy intake.41 In normal subjects, renal gluconeogenesis may supply as much as 45% of new glucose during prolonged starvation.42 In a recent report, nearly 50% of hospitalized patients found to be hypoglycemic had chronic renal insufficiency.18 In our patients with renal dysfunction (68 patients [66.6%]), a concomitant decrease in food intake was also observed in 27 (26.4%). In these cases, renal compensation may not have been adequate.

Fourteen of our patients used drugs that were implicated as potentiating drugs for hypoglycemia by interacting with insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents, by competing for protein binding, or by interfering with renal excretion.7,23 Some of the drugs have additional hypoglycemic effects, such as aspirin, which stimulates muscle glucose uptake,43 and propranolol, which, in addition to masking the epinephrine-related early symptoms of hypoglycemia, inhibits muscle glycogenolysis and peripheral glucose utilization44 and blunts the glucagon response to insulin-induced hypoglycemia.45

Most reports on hypoglycemia-related morbidity emphasize the effects of neuroglycopenia on the central nervous system or associated vascular events, such as myocardial infarction, stroke, and cardiac arrhythmias,46 but rarely musculoskeletal injuries. Hepburn et al24 described serious musculoskeletal injuries in 6 patients during insulin-induced hypoglycemic convulsions. Seven of our patients had marked skeletal injury or head injury, and 8 patients had convulsion related to DIHC.

Fischer et al18 reported a 12% mortality rate among diabetic patients with hypoglycemia (90% were treated with insulin). However, hypoglycemia was not proved to be the cause of death in any patient. All the patients who died had serious secondary diseases, such as renal failure or sepsis. Hypoglycemia was more a marker of multisystem failure than the cause of death. Malouf and Brust17 reported a mortality rate of 11%, but only 1 death was attributable to hypoglycemia per se. Asplund et al12 reported that among 57 cases of glyburide-induced hypoglycemia, 10 patients fell into deep coma and died.12 Mortality among our patients was 4.9%, but it was impossible to conclude that hypoglycemia contributed to or caused the death of any patient, since all had serious secondary diseases.

Drug-induced hypoglycemic coma continues to be so common that virtually every unconscious patient should be considered hypoglycemic until immediate estimation of the blood glucose level rules it out. If hypoglycemia is confirmed, the clinician should promptly start 50% intravenous glucose and plan to maintain it uninterruptedly for 1 or more days with added glucagon and hydrocortisone sodium succinate diazoxide if necessary, until all drug effects have worn off.

It is difficult to compare the incidence of DIHC between different reports without uniform definitions of hypoglycemia, or similar ascertainment methods, patient populations, and levels of metabolic control.

The benefits of tight control can be observed only if it is implemented in appropriately selected patients. It has been demonstrated to achieve the goals of normalizing mean blood glucose level and reducing the risk of the development and progression of the microvascular and neurologic long-term complications of diabetes mellitus. Safe and effective treatment of diabetes mellitus, especially in the elderly, requires constant attention to comorbidities and other factors that interfere with insulin or sulfonylurea therapy. If this is not done, elderly patients are not different from the young in having the hazard of drug-induced hypoglycemia and the potentially serious complications associated with it.

Accepted for publication May 12, 1998.

Reprints: Haim Ben-Ami, MD, Department of Internal Medicine C, Rambam Medical Center, PO Box 9602, Haifa-31096, Israel (e-mail: mdhaim@tx.technion.ac.il).

Gale  EATattersall  RB Unrecognized nocturnal hypoglycemia in insulin-treated diabetics. Lancet. 1979;11049- 1052
Link to Article
Unger  RH Nocturnal hypoglycemia in aggressively controlled diabetes. N Engl J Med. 1982;3061294- 1298
Pramming  SThorsteinsson  BBendtson  IRonn  BBinder  C Nocturnal hypoglycemia in patients receiving conventional treatment with insulin. BMJ. 1985;291376- 379
Link to Article
Hirabayashi  SKitahara  THishida  T Computed tomography in perinatal hypoxic and hypoglycemic encephalopathy with emphasis on follow-up studies. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 1980;4451- 456
Link to Article
Bergman  H Hypoglycemic coma during sulphonylurea therapy. Acta Med Scand. 1965;177287- 298
Harris  EL Adverse reactions to oral anti-diabetic agents. BMJ. 1971;229- 30
Link to Article
Seltzer  HS Drug-induced hypoglycemia: a review based on 473 cases. Diabetes. 1972;21955- 966
Ahmed  A Hypoglycemic coma with daonil. Indian J Med Sci. 1976;30140
Deckert  TPoulsen  JLarsen  M Prognosis of diabetics with diabetes onset before the age of 31: survival, causes of death, and complications. Diabetologia. 1978;14363- 370
Link to Article
Goldstein  DEngland  JHess  RRawlings  SWalker  B A prospective study of symptomatic hypoglycemia in young diabetic patients. Diabetes Care. 1981;4601- 605
Link to Article
Salans  LB NIH plans study of diabetic control and complications. N Engl J Med. 1982;3071527- 1528
Asplund  KWilholm  BELithner  F Glybenclamide-associated hypoglycaemia: a report on 57 cases. Diabetologia. 1983;24412- 417
Link to Article
Goldgewicht  CSlama  GPapoz  LTchobroutsky  G Hypoglycemic reactions in 172 type I (insulin-dependent) diabetic patients. Diabetologia. 1983;2495- 99
Link to Article
Koch  JMuhlhauser  IJorgens  V  et al.  Incidence and management of severe hypoglycemia in 402 type I (insulin-dependent) diabetic patients: follow-up 18 months after an intensified teaching and treatment program. Diabetologia. 1984;27171- 172
Casparie  AElving  L Severe hypoglycemia in diabetic patients: frequency, causes, prevention. Diabetes Care. 1985;8141- 145
Link to Article
Wallis  WEDonaldson  IScott  RSWildon  J Hypoglycemia masquerading as cerebrovascular disease (hypoglycemic hemiplegia). Ann Neurol. 1985;18510- 512
Link to Article
Malouf  RBrust  JCM Hypoglycemia: causes, neurological manifestations, and outcome. Ann Neurol. 1985;17421- 430
Link to Article
Fischer  KFLees  JANewman  JH Hypoglycemia in hospitalized patients: causes and outcomes. N Engl J Med. 1986;3151245- 1250
Link to Article
Nesto  RWPhillips  RT Asymptomatic myocardial ischemia in diabetic patients. Am J Med. 1986;8040- 47
Link to Article
Sonnenblick  MShilo  S Glibenclamide induced prolonged hypoglycemia. Age Ageing. 1986;15185- 189
Link to Article
Ferner  RENeil  HAW Sulphonylureas and hypoglycaemia. BMJ. 1988;296949- 950
Link to Article
Jennings  AMWilson  RMWard  JD Symptomatic hypoglycemia in NIDDM patients treated with oral hypoglycemic agents. Diabetes Care. 1989;12203- 208
Link to Article
Seltzer  HS Drug-induced hypoglycemia: a review of 1418 cases. Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 1989;18163- 183
Hepburn  DASteel  JMFrier  BM Hypoglycemic convulsions cause musculoskeletal injuries in patients with IDDM. Diabetes Care. 1989;1232- 34
Link to Article
Pladziewiez  DSNesto  RW Hypoglycemia-induced silent myocardial ischemia. Am J Cardiol. 1989;631531- 1532
Link to Article
Patrick  AWCampbell  IW Fatal hypoglycemia in insulin-treated diabetes mellitus: clinical features and neuropathological changes. Diabet Med. 1990;7349- 354
Link to Article
Cockcroft  DWGault  MH Prediction of creatinine clearance from serum creatinine. Nephron. 1976;1631- 41
Link to Article
Cryer  P Glucose counterregulation in man. Diabetes. 1981;30261- 264
Link to Article
Bolli  GDe Feo  PCompagnucci  P  et al.  Abnormal counterregulation in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus: interaction of anti-insulin antibodies and impaired glucagon and epinephrine secretion. Diabetes. 1983;32134- 141
Link to Article
Berger  M Human insulin: much ado about hypoglycemia (un)awareness. Diabetologia. 1987;30829- 833
Link to Article
Paz-Guevara  AHsu  TWhite  P Juvenile diabetes mellitus after forty years. Diabetes. 1979;165- 12
Nabarro  JMustaffa  BMorris  DWalport  MKurtz  A Insulin-dependent diabetes: contrast with other endocrine deficiencies. Diabetologia. 1979;165- 12
Link to Article
Tunbridge  WMG Factors contributing to death of diabetics under 50 years of age. Lancet. 1981;2569- 572
Link to Article
Feingold  KR Hypoglycemia: a pitfall of insulin therapy. West J Med. 1986;35237- 241
Groop  LCBottazo  GFDoniach  D Islet cell antibodies identify latent type I diabetes in patients aged 35-75 years at diagnosis. Diabetes. 1986;35237- 241
Link to Article
Nesto  RWPhillips  RT Asymptomatic myocardial ischemia in diabetic patients. Am J Med. 1986;8040- 47
Link to Article
Wallis  WEDonaldson  IScott  RSWildon  J Hypoglycemia masquerading as cerebrovascular disease (hypoglycemic hemiplegia). Ann Neurol. 1985;18510- 512
Link to Article
Walter  RM Hypoglycemia: still a risk in the elderly. Geriatrics. 1990;4569- 75
Peitzman  SJAgarwal  BN Spontaneous hypoglycemia in end-stage renal failure. Nephron. 1977;19131- 139
Link to Article
Rutsky  EAMcDaniel  HGTharpe  DLAlred  GPek  S Spontaneous hypoglycemia in renal failure. Arch Intern Med. 1978;1381364- 1368
Link to Article
Block  MBRubenstein  AH Spontaneous hypoglycemia in diabetic patients with chronic renal insufficiency. JAMA. 1970;2131863- 1866
Link to Article
Cahill  GF  Jr Starvation in man. N Engl J Med. 1970;282668- 675
Link to Article
Micossi  PPantrioli  AEBaron  J  et al.  Aspirin stimulates insulin and glucagon secretion and increases glucose tolerance in normal and diabetic patients. Diabetes. 1978;1232- 34
Barnett  AHLeslie  DWatkins  PJ Can insulin-treated diabetes be given beta-adrenergic blocking drugs? BMJ. 1980;280976- 978
Link to Article
Lawrence  AMHagen  TC Propranolol-associated hypoglycemia. N Engl J Med. 1983;3091327- 1329
Link to Article
Frier  BM Hypoglycaemia and diabetes. Diabet Med. 1986;3513- 525
Link to Article

Figures

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Figure 1.

Age distribution of patients with drug-induced hypoglycemic coma.

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Figure 2.

Diabetic medications.

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Figure 3.

Range of serum glucose levels.

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Contributory risk factors for hypoglycemia.

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Tables

Table Graphic Jump LocationClinical Characteristics of 5 Diabetic Patients Admitted With Coma and Hypoglycemia Who Died*

References

Gale  EATattersall  RB Unrecognized nocturnal hypoglycemia in insulin-treated diabetics. Lancet. 1979;11049- 1052
Link to Article
Unger  RH Nocturnal hypoglycemia in aggressively controlled diabetes. N Engl J Med. 1982;3061294- 1298
Pramming  SThorsteinsson  BBendtson  IRonn  BBinder  C Nocturnal hypoglycemia in patients receiving conventional treatment with insulin. BMJ. 1985;291376- 379
Link to Article
Hirabayashi  SKitahara  THishida  T Computed tomography in perinatal hypoxic and hypoglycemic encephalopathy with emphasis on follow-up studies. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 1980;4451- 456
Link to Article
Bergman  H Hypoglycemic coma during sulphonylurea therapy. Acta Med Scand. 1965;177287- 298
Harris  EL Adverse reactions to oral anti-diabetic agents. BMJ. 1971;229- 30
Link to Article
Seltzer  HS Drug-induced hypoglycemia: a review based on 473 cases. Diabetes. 1972;21955- 966
Ahmed  A Hypoglycemic coma with daonil. Indian J Med Sci. 1976;30140
Deckert  TPoulsen  JLarsen  M Prognosis of diabetics with diabetes onset before the age of 31: survival, causes of death, and complications. Diabetologia. 1978;14363- 370
Link to Article
Goldstein  DEngland  JHess  RRawlings  SWalker  B A prospective study of symptomatic hypoglycemia in young diabetic patients. Diabetes Care. 1981;4601- 605
Link to Article
Salans  LB NIH plans study of diabetic control and complications. N Engl J Med. 1982;3071527- 1528
Asplund  KWilholm  BELithner  F Glybenclamide-associated hypoglycaemia: a report on 57 cases. Diabetologia. 1983;24412- 417
Link to Article
Goldgewicht  CSlama  GPapoz  LTchobroutsky  G Hypoglycemic reactions in 172 type I (insulin-dependent) diabetic patients. Diabetologia. 1983;2495- 99
Link to Article
Koch  JMuhlhauser  IJorgens  V  et al.  Incidence and management of severe hypoglycemia in 402 type I (insulin-dependent) diabetic patients: follow-up 18 months after an intensified teaching and treatment program. Diabetologia. 1984;27171- 172
Casparie  AElving  L Severe hypoglycemia in diabetic patients: frequency, causes, prevention. Diabetes Care. 1985;8141- 145
Link to Article
Wallis  WEDonaldson  IScott  RSWildon  J Hypoglycemia masquerading as cerebrovascular disease (hypoglycemic hemiplegia). Ann Neurol. 1985;18510- 512
Link to Article
Malouf  RBrust  JCM Hypoglycemia: causes, neurological manifestations, and outcome. Ann Neurol. 1985;17421- 430
Link to Article
Fischer  KFLees  JANewman  JH Hypoglycemia in hospitalized patients: causes and outcomes. N Engl J Med. 1986;3151245- 1250
Link to Article
Nesto  RWPhillips  RT Asymptomatic myocardial ischemia in diabetic patients. Am J Med. 1986;8040- 47
Link to Article
Sonnenblick  MShilo  S Glibenclamide induced prolonged hypoglycemia. Age Ageing. 1986;15185- 189
Link to Article
Ferner  RENeil  HAW Sulphonylureas and hypoglycaemia. BMJ. 1988;296949- 950
Link to Article
Jennings  AMWilson  RMWard  JD Symptomatic hypoglycemia in NIDDM patients treated with oral hypoglycemic agents. Diabetes Care. 1989;12203- 208
Link to Article
Seltzer  HS Drug-induced hypoglycemia: a review of 1418 cases. Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 1989;18163- 183
Hepburn  DASteel  JMFrier  BM Hypoglycemic convulsions cause musculoskeletal injuries in patients with IDDM. Diabetes Care. 1989;1232- 34
Link to Article
Pladziewiez  DSNesto  RW Hypoglycemia-induced silent myocardial ischemia. Am J Cardiol. 1989;631531- 1532
Link to Article
Patrick  AWCampbell  IW Fatal hypoglycemia in insulin-treated diabetes mellitus: clinical features and neuropathological changes. Diabet Med. 1990;7349- 354
Link to Article
Cockcroft  DWGault  MH Prediction of creatinine clearance from serum creatinine. Nephron. 1976;1631- 41
Link to Article
Cryer  P Glucose counterregulation in man. Diabetes. 1981;30261- 264
Link to Article
Bolli  GDe Feo  PCompagnucci  P  et al.  Abnormal counterregulation in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus: interaction of anti-insulin antibodies and impaired glucagon and epinephrine secretion. Diabetes. 1983;32134- 141
Link to Article
Berger  M Human insulin: much ado about hypoglycemia (un)awareness. Diabetologia. 1987;30829- 833
Link to Article
Paz-Guevara  AHsu  TWhite  P Juvenile diabetes mellitus after forty years. Diabetes. 1979;165- 12
Nabarro  JMustaffa  BMorris  DWalport  MKurtz  A Insulin-dependent diabetes: contrast with other endocrine deficiencies. Diabetologia. 1979;165- 12
Link to Article
Tunbridge  WMG Factors contributing to death of diabetics under 50 years of age. Lancet. 1981;2569- 572
Link to Article
Feingold  KR Hypoglycemia: a pitfall of insulin therapy. West J Med. 1986;35237- 241
Groop  LCBottazo  GFDoniach  D Islet cell antibodies identify latent type I diabetes in patients aged 35-75 years at diagnosis. Diabetes. 1986;35237- 241
Link to Article
Nesto  RWPhillips  RT Asymptomatic myocardial ischemia in diabetic patients. Am J Med. 1986;8040- 47
Link to Article
Wallis  WEDonaldson  IScott  RSWildon  J Hypoglycemia masquerading as cerebrovascular disease (hypoglycemic hemiplegia). Ann Neurol. 1985;18510- 512
Link to Article
Walter  RM Hypoglycemia: still a risk in the elderly. Geriatrics. 1990;4569- 75
Peitzman  SJAgarwal  BN Spontaneous hypoglycemia in end-stage renal failure. Nephron. 1977;19131- 139
Link to Article
Rutsky  EAMcDaniel  HGTharpe  DLAlred  GPek  S Spontaneous hypoglycemia in renal failure. Arch Intern Med. 1978;1381364- 1368
Link to Article
Block  MBRubenstein  AH Spontaneous hypoglycemia in diabetic patients with chronic renal insufficiency. JAMA. 1970;2131863- 1866
Link to Article
Cahill  GF  Jr Starvation in man. N Engl J Med. 1970;282668- 675
Link to Article
Micossi  PPantrioli  AEBaron  J  et al.  Aspirin stimulates insulin and glucagon secretion and increases glucose tolerance in normal and diabetic patients. Diabetes. 1978;1232- 34
Barnett  AHLeslie  DWatkins  PJ Can insulin-treated diabetes be given beta-adrenergic blocking drugs? BMJ. 1980;280976- 978
Link to Article
Lawrence  AMHagen  TC Propranolol-associated hypoglycemia. N Engl J Med. 1983;3091327- 1329
Link to Article
Frier  BM Hypoglycaemia and diabetes. Diabet Med. 1986;3513- 525
Link to Article

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