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J Pediatr. 1999 Apr;134(4):503-6.

The effect of hypoglycemic seizures on cognitive function in children with diabetes: a 7-year prospective study.

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Hospital for Sick Children and The University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Sixteen children with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus were evaluated at diagnosis and after 1, 3, and 7 years. They showed significant declines in verbal but not visuospatial abilities, particularly if they had any seizures from hypoglycemia. At the 7-year assessment those with hypoglycemic seizures showed deficits on perceptual, motor, memory, and attention tasks.

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