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Virchows Arch. 2000 Jan;436(1):1-5.

The molecular basis of persistent hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia of infancy and its pathologic substrates.

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Department of Pathology, University of Kiel, Michaelisstrasse 11, D-24105 Kiel, Germany.


Recent advances in molecular genetics have established a molecular basis for persistent hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia of infancy (PHHI) and resulted in the identification of a number of well-defined genetic defects. On the basis of the available information on the molecular changes so far described, an attempt has been made to classify PHHI patients according to their genotype and phenotype, with reference to molecular genetics, pancreatic pathology and clinical appearance. This classification has resulted in the differentiation of three groups of PHHI patients, two with diffuse beta cell hyperfunction and one with focal beta cell hyperfunction.

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