Attempts to achieve a fair metabolic equilibrium in a young woman with brittle diabetes by continuous subcutaneous, intramuscular, and continuous intravenous administration of insulin were unsuccessful. Continuous intraperitoneal administration of insulin through a permanently inserted polyethylene catheter connected to an open-loop peristaltic pump led to an appreciable improvement in mean blood glucose concentration, mean amplitude of glycaemic excursions, and M value and to normalisation of intermediate metabolic products. The peritoneal catheter was well tolerated for over 120 days without appreciable adverse effects. This case suggests that long-term intraperitoneal administration of insulin is a feasible therapeutic approach in the management of brittle diabetes.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||British Medical Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 1983|
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