BMJ Case Reports 2013; doi:10.1136/bcr-2013-008767

Prematurity, macrosomia, hyperinsulinaemic hypoglycaemia and a dominant ABCC8 gene mutation

  1. Khalid Hussain1,2
  1. 1Department of Paediatric Endocrinology, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  2. 2The Institute of Child Health, University College London, London, UK
  3. 3Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Science, University of Exeter Medical School, Exeter, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Khalid Hussain, Khalid.hussain{at}


Congenital hyperinsulinism (CHI) is a rare cause of hyperinsulinaemic hypoglycaemia (HH) and is due to an inappropriate secretion of insulin by the pancreatic β-cells. Genetic defects in key genes lead to dysregulated insulin secretion and consequent hypoglycaemia. Mutations in the genes ABCC8/KCNJ11, encoding SUR1/Kir6.2 components of the KATP channels, respectively, are the commonest cause of CHI. A 33+6 week gestation male infant weighing 3.38 kg (above 90th centile) presented with severe neonatal symptomatic hypoglycaemia. He required a glucose infusion rate of 20 mg/kg/min to maintain normoglycaemia (blood glucose levels at >3.5 mmol/l). Investigations established the diagnosis of HH (blood glucose 2.2 mmol/l with simultaneous insulin of 97.4 mU/l). Subsequent molecular genetic studies identified a heterozygous pathogenic ABCC8 missense mutation, p.R1353H (c.4058G>A), inherited from an unaffected mother. His HH was diazoxide responsive and resolved within 3 months of life.

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