Deliberate sulphonylurea poisoning mimicking hyperinsulinaemia of infancy

L Owen, Julian P Hamilton-Shield, Matthew E Ellis

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A 6 month old child presenting with seizures was found to be hypoglycaemic secondary to hyperinsulinism. A family history of type II diabetes promoted estimation of sulphonylurea in the baby's blood, which was found to be high. A multidisciplinary case conference concluded that the sulphonylurea ingestion was likely to be the result of Munchausen syndrome by proxy. When investigating hypoglycaemia of infancy this possibility should be considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)392-393
Number of pages2
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2000


  • Munchausen syndrome by proxy
  • diabetes
  • sulphonylurea

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