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From Montana, USA:

My son was diagnosed with hypoglycemia when he was 10 months old. At that time, the endocrinologist said it was very rare and only two other children in the world besides my son had it. They were not able to determine whether it was metabolic, hormonal, pancreatic, or chemical reaction. My son is now 7 years old and occasionally he will still have a drop in his glucose. When he was about two, he was also diagnosed with having asthma and allergies. It's been so long since his first diagnosis and since then we've checked back at the regional Children's Hospital a couple of times, to the research department, and the last time we checked in with them, they said that now there were more children with this unexplainable problem. Would you happen to have a clue?

Answer:

There are millions of children with hypoglycemia but the causes vary. Some are liver problems and others are enzyme or other metabolic problems. It would be impossible to speculate which type of hypoglycemia your son had/has without a great deal more detailed information. Some of the types are very rare and others are much more common.

My best advice would be to discuss this in much greater detail with your pediatric endocrinologist and at least come away with a more specific name of the type of hypoglycemia this might be. If you have any doubts about the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and you are not comfortable talking about this with your pediatric endocrinologist, then discussions with your pediatrician or family doctor would also be wise. Lastly, you could always get a second formal opinion from another pediatric endocrinologist.

SB

DTQ-19990813145514
Original posting 23 Oct 1999
Posted to Hypoglycemia

  
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