A Low Dose of Pasireotide Prevents Hypoglycemia in Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass-Operated Individuals

  • Caroline C. ØhrstrømEmail author
  • Dorte L. Hansen
  • Urd Lynge Kielgast
  • Bolette Hartmann
  • Jens Juul Holst
  • Dorte Worm
Brief Communication


Post-bariatric hypoglycemia (PBH) can be a serious complication after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), and treatment with somatostatin analogs has been suggested. We investigated the acute effects of three different doses of pasireotide (75 μg, 150 μg, and 300 μg) on the postprandial glucose metabolism in five RYGB-operated individuals with PBH using a mixed meal test. All three doses prevented hypoglycemia but were associated with a notable increase in postprandial hyperglycemia. Moreover, all doses greatly diminished insulin, C-peptide, and glucagon-like peptide-1 responses. Considering its strong hyperglycemic potential, we suggest that pasireotide should be administered carefully in RYGB-operated individuals with PBH, and if necessary, a 75 μg dose seems sufficient to prevent hypoglycemia.


Gastric bypass Hypoglycemia Hyperglycemia Pasireotide Somatostatin analogs 


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Conflict of Interest

J.J.H. has served on the advisory board at Novo Nordisk and performed consulting services for MSD. C.C.Ø, D.L.H., U.L.K., B.H., and D.W. declare that they have no conflict(s) of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Statement of Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MedicineZealand University HospitalKøgeDenmark
  2. 2.Clinical DepartmentSteno Diabetes CenterCopenhagenDenmark
  3. 3.Department of Biomedical Sciences and Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic ResearchUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  4. 4.Department of MedicineAmager HospitalAmagerDenmark

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