Hyperinsulinism in asphyxiated and small-for-dates infants with hypoglycaemia

Lancet. 1984 Aug 11;2(8398):311-3. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(84)92685-0.


Hypoglycaemia in birth-asphyxiated and small-for-dates infants is commonly attributed to glycogen depletion. However, 3 infants with asphyxia at birth and 3 small-for-dates infants had unequivocal hyperinsulinism. This suggests that hyperinsulinism may contribute to hypoglycaemia in small-for-dates and asphyxiated neonates.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Asphyxia Neonatorum / complications*
  • Humans
  • Hyperinsulinism / complications*
  • Hyperinsulinism / therapy
  • Hypoglycemia / complications*
  • Hypoglycemia / therapy
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Small for Gestational Age*
  • Male