European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 167, Issue 3, pp 257–265 | Cite as

What’s new in metabolic and genetic hypoglycaemias: diagnosis and management

  • Vassili Valayannopoulos
  • Stéphane Romano
  • Karine Mention
  • Anne Vassault
  • Daniel Rabier
  • Michel Polak
  • Jean-Jacques Robert
  • Yves de Keyzer
  • Pascale de Lonlay


Hypoglycaemia in children can be a life-threatening situation that needs to be assessed rigorously in order to treat efficiently and avoid relapse that can be responsible for cerebral damage. The diagnosis of impairment in glucose homeostasis requires the knowledge of the mechanisms regulating blood glucose concentration. The clinical history and presentation, when available, especially the timing of hypoglycaemia with respect to the last meal and some simple clinical and biological tests may allow diagnosing the vast majority of patients presenting with hypoglycaemia. Recently, new metabolic and endocrinologic genetic causes of hypoglycaemia have been identified that may give new insight to the complex mechanisms of glucose regulation and thus contribute to the discovery of new genes regulating glucose homeostasis. New diagnostic tests such as the 18-fluoro-Dopa PET-scan have also been recently developed.


Hypoglycaemia Hyperinsulinism Metabolic Diagnosis Children 



Adenosine triphosphate


Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome


Congenital disorders of glycosylation


Fatty acid oxidation


Fanconi-Bickel syndrome


Glutamate dehydrogenase


Growth hormone




Guanosine triphosphate




Hyperinsulinism-hyperammoniemia syndrome


Insuline-like growth factor 1


Mean chain triglycerides


Positron emission tomography


Short chain 3-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency


Thyroxin-binding globulin


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vassili Valayannopoulos
    • 1
  • Stéphane Romano
    • 1
  • Karine Mention
    • 2
  • Anne Vassault
    • 3
  • Daniel Rabier
    • 3
  • Michel Polak
    • 4
  • Jean-Jacques Robert
    • 4
  • Yves de Keyzer
    • 5
  • Pascale de Lonlay
    • 6
  1. 1.Metabolic Department and Reference Centre for Metabolic DiseasesNecker-Enfants Malades HospitalParisFrance
  2. 2.Reference Centre for Metabolic DiseasesJeanne de Flandre HospitalLilleFrance
  3. 3.Biochemistry LaboratoryNecker-Enfants Malades HospitalParisFrance
  4. 4.Endocrinology DepartmentNecker-Enfants Malades HospitalParisFrance
  5. 5.INSERM U 781 Necker-Enfants Malades HospitalParisFrance
  6. 6.Metabolic Department and Reference Center for Metabolic Diseases and INSERM U 781Necker-Enfants Malades HospitalParisFrance

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