Jornal Brasileiro de Patologia e Medicina Laboratorial
versão impressa ISSN 1676-2444
PALLADINO, Andrew A.; BENNETT, Michael J. e STANLEY, Charles A.. Hyperinsulinism in infancy and childhood: when an insulin level is not always enough. J. Bras. Patol. Med. Lab. [online]. 2008, vol.44, n.6, pp. 413-422. ISSN 1676-2444. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1676-24442008000600004.
BACKGROUND: Hypoglycemia in infants and children can lead to seizures, developmental delay, and permanent brain damage. Hyperinsulinism (HI) is the most common cause of both transient and permanent disorders of hypoglycemia. HI is characterized by dysregulated insulin secretion, which results in persistent mild to severe hypoglycemia. The various forms of HI represent a group of clinically, genetically, and morphologically heterogeneous disorders. CONTENT: Congenital hyperinsulinism is associated with mutations of SUR-1 and Kir6.2, glucokinase, glutamate dehydrogenase, short-chain 3-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase, and ectopic expression of SLC16A1 on β-cell plasma membrane. Hyperinsulinism may be associated with perinatal stress such as birth asphyxia, maternal toxemia, prematurity or intrauterine growth retardation, resulting in prolonged neonatal hypoglycemia. Mimickers of hyperinsulinism include neonatal panhypopituitarism, drug-induced hypoglycemia, insulinoma, antiinsulin and insulin-receptor stimulating antibodies, Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome, and congenital glycosylation disorders. Laboratory testing for hyperinsulinism may include quantification of blood glucose, plasma insulin, plasma β-hydroxybutyrate, plasma fatty acids, plasma ammonia, plasma acylcarnitine profile and urine organic acids. Genetic testing is available at commercial laboratories for genes known to be associated with hyperinsulinism. Acute insulin response (AIR) tests are useful in phenotypic characterization. Imaging and histological tools are also available to diagnose and classify hyperinsulinism. The goal of treatment in infants with hyperinsulinism is to prevent brain damage from hypoglycemia by maintaining plasma glucose levels above 700 mg/l (70 mg/dl) through pharmacologic or surgical therapy. SUMMARY: The treatment of hyperinsulinism requires a multidisciplinary approach that includes pediatric endocrinologists, radiologists, surgeons, and pathologists who are trained to diagnose, identify and treat hyperinsulinism.
Palavras-chave : Hyperinsulinism; Insulin; β-hydroxybutyrate; Ammonia; Acylcarnitine.