Which age groups are at highest risk for pediatric hypoglycemia?

Updated: Feb 19, 2018
  • Author: Robert P Hoffman, MD; Chief Editor: Sasigarn A Bowden, MD  more...
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Hypoglycemia is most common in the immediate postneonatal period. The incidence of new cases decreases with increasing age, and true hypoglycemia is extremely rare in adolescents. Patient age is also helpful in assessing the probable diagnosis of hypoglycemia. Hyperinsulinemia, hypopituitarism, and inborn errors of metabolism are frequent causes of hypoglycemia in infancy. In toddlers, ketotic hypoglycemia is most common. In adolescents, insulin-producing pancreatic tumors are the most common cause of true hypoglycemia.


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