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Acute endocrine presentations in general practice

Managing a young woman with severe hypoglycaemia

Vivienne Miller

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Abstract

A woman in her 20s with newly diagnosed diabetes who requires insulin therapy walks into your practice feeling sweaty, shaky and confused. How do you manage this patient?

Article Extract

A young woman in her 20s unknown to your practice is brought in by her friend. The friend tells you that they were shopping when the woman started feeling sweaty, shaky and then confused. You find out that the woman has been generally unwell since the morning and that she is now having trouble speaking clearly. The woman was recently diagnosed with diabetes and requires insulin therapy.

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