From Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA:
My three year old son, who has had type 1 diabetes for about six months, had an absence seizure yesterday, and his blood sugar right after the two-minute seizure was 200 mg/dl [11.1 mmol/L]. He did have status epilepticus about eight months ago that was thought to be associated with a virus and is not on any anti-seizure medications. Can there be an association between my son's diabetes and the absence seizure?
I am not aware of a specific association between absence seizures and type 1 diabetes, but it may make his "seizure threshold" (the level of "insult" necessary to have a convulsion) lower as relates to hypoglycemia.
You may want to ask your son's primary care physician for a referral to a pediatric neurologist. Since some anti-seizure medications may change his appetite or otherwise affect his glucose readings, be sure that all your son's physicians dialogue with his pediatric endocrinologist.
Original posting 18 May 2002
Posted to Other Illnesses
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:33
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