Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes 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.

Finding Answers Through Collaboration

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Unique endocrinology-neurology collaboration seeks to understand the variation in seizure activity in patients with hyperinsulinism/hyperammonemia.

Volunteer Spotlight: Rachel Walega

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Rachel Walega

Eighteen months ago, the Office of Endocrinology and Diabetes welcomed Rachel Walega to their team as a Clinical Research Project Manager. There, Rachel works on projects in Cystic Fibrosis related diabetes, Down syndrome and bone fragility.

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

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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.