Vol 6, No 4 (2017)
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Inobvious complications of hypoglycaemia

Liliana Majkowska1
Clin Diabetol 2017;6(4):147-150.


Tight blood glucose control reduces long-term complications in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, however increases the risk of hypoglycaemia. The article describes rare acute complications of severe hypoglycaemia — acute pulmonary oedema, stress cardiomyopathy (takotsubo cardiomyopathy) and cardiac arrhythmias including bradycardia or ventricular arrhythmias related probably to QT prolongation. All mentioned acute complications can be life-threatening and lead to sudden death even in young subjects. In some situations they may be misdiagnosed or overlooked.

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