Congenital Hyperinsulinism Center News and Updates

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Navigating Continuous Dextrose and Nutrition for Children with HI

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kid with dextrose packsack

Many children with hyperinsulinism (HI) have feeding aversion — as many as 60%. The use of tube feedings, and possibly continuous dextrose, to control their blood sugar, among other things (effect of medications, the appetite suppressing effects of insulin, etc.), may exacerbate their aversion to eating by mouth. 

Understanding the Benefits of a Neuropsychology Evaluation

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If Leela Morrow, PsyD, the psychologist for the Congenital Hyperinsulinism Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, gives your child a referral for a neuropsychology evaluation it’s nothing to be afraid of. In fact, it may give your child a roadmap to success.

Two Girls, Two Cured Cases

Published on in CHOP News

Dr. States, Susan Becker, and RJ

Summer 2021 saw the Congenital Hyperinsulinism Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia care for two newborn girls who had the focal form of hyperinsulinism (HI).

Meet Diva De León-Crutchlow, MD, MSCE

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Dr. De León with a patient

Diva De León-Crutchlow, MD, MSCE, assumed the role of Director of the Congenital Hyperinsulinism Center in 2013 and was named Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes in 2018.

Rare Pair: HI and Kabuki Syndrome

Published on in HI Hope

Low blood sugar is one of the symptoms of Kabuki syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects multiple systems in the body but can be tricky to diagnose.

Coping with a Dual Diagnosis

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Parents are usually blindsided when they find out that their child has congenital hyperinsulinism (HI), a rare genetic disorder that depresses blood sugar to dangerously low levels.


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