The majority of patients diagnosed with diabetes less than 6 months of age, and many cases diagnosed between 6 and 12 months of age, have a gene mutation that causes permanent or transient hyperglycemia. Recent research advances have allowed for the discovery of new causes of congenital diabetes, including genes involved in pancreatic development (GATA4, NKX2-2, MNX1) and monogenic causes of autoimmune dysregulation (STAT3, LRBA). Ongoing follow-up of patients with KCNJ11 and ABCC8 mutations has supported the safety and efficacy of sulfonylureas, as well as the use of insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors in infants with insulin-requiring forms of monogenic diabetes. Future studies are needed to improve clinical care and outcomes for these patients and their families.
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