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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 282-284

Hyperglycemia in a child with hepatic encephalopathy

Department of Paediatrics, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

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Aliyu Ibrahim
Department of Paediatrics, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano
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DOI: 10.4103/2277-8632.122172

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Hepatic encephalopathy is a serious life-threatening complication of liver disease. It is often associated with hypoglycemia in majority of cases. However, we report the case of a 3-year-old boy with hepatitis-B-virus-related chronic liver disease who presented with hepatic encephalopathy stage-three precipitated by malaria, who developed hyperglycemia while on admission. He was hepatitis B surface antigen positive and had two pluses (++) of Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasitaemia on peripheral film with deranged liver function tests and elevated serum lipase. He was managed conservatively; later, after recovering completely he was discharged home.

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