The Effect of Hypoglycemic Seizures on Cognitive Function in Children With Diabetes: A 7-year Prospective Study

J Pediatr. 1999 Apr;134(4):503-6. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3476(99)70211-8.

Abstract

Sixteen children with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus were evaluated at diagnosis and after 1, 3, and 7 years. They showed significant declines in verbal but not visuospatial abilities, particularly if they had any seizures from hypoglycemia. At the 7-year assessment those with hypoglycemic seizures showed deficits on perceptual, motor, memory, and attention tasks.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Child
  • Cognition Disorders / diagnosis
  • Cognition Disorders / etiology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemia / complications*
  • Male
  • Memory
  • Perception
  • Prospective Studies
  • Psychomotor Performance
  • Seizures / complications
  • Seizures / etiology*
  • Wechsler Scales