Profound postoperative hypoglycemia in a malnourished patient

Authors
Citation
J. Kurian et V. Kaul, Profound postoperative hypoglycemia in a malnourished patient, CAN J ANAES, 48(9), 2001, pp. 881-883
Citations number
5
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Aneshtesia & Intensive Care","Medical Research Diagnosis & Treatment
Journal title
CANADIAN JOURNAL OF ANAESTHESIA-JOURNAL CANADIEN D ANESTHESIE
ISSN journal
0832-610X → ACNP
Volume
48
Issue
9
Year of publication
2001
Pages
881 - 883
Database
ISI
SICI code
0832-610X(200110)48:9<881:PPHIAM>2.0.ZU;2-Z
Abstract
Purpose: To present an unusual case of profound postoperative hypoglycemia resulting in irreversible brain damage in a malnourished patient. Clinical features. A 56-yr-old malnourished woman underwent laparotomy for intestinal obstruction under general anesthesia. Five hours postoperatively she was found to be unresponsive with an immeasureably low blood glucose l evel, This event was not associated with hyperinsulinemia. Predisposing fac tors like diabetes mellitus, pheochromocytoma, insulin secreting tumours, a drenal or pitutary deficiency were absent. She was treated with iv detrose and hydrocortisone with blood glucose levels stabilizing fairly rapidly. Ho wever, she unfortunately had sustained irreversible cerebral damage and is left with significant neurological disability. Conclusion: Severe postoperative hypoglycemia has several well documented c auses, Although hypoglycemia does occur to a moderate degree in malnutritio n, it has not been reported to be so severe as to cause cerebral damage in the postoperative setting.