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J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2014 Sep;27(9-10):951-5. doi: 10.1515/jpem-2013-0484.

Persistent congenital hyperinsulinism in two patients with Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome due to mosaic uniparental disomy 11p.


Congenital hyperinsulinism (CHI) is a rare metabolic disease characterized by inappropriate insulin secretion in the presence of hypoglycemia. We describe the clinical presentation and management of congenital hyperinsulinism and persistent hypoglycemia in two infants. Both patients had an initial clinical diagnosis of Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS) but normal methylation analysis for LIT1 and H19 status. Both patients were eventually found to have mosaic uniparental disomy 11p diagnosed by single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) array in DNA isolated from lymphoblasts and fibroblasts, respectively. We report that patients with mosaic BWS are at increased risk for both transient and refractory hypoglycemia that may need aggressive management with diazoxide, octreotide, high glucose infusion rates, and a frequent feeding regime. Our patient experience supports the case for pursuing further testing in patients with features of BWS with normal methylation studies, karyotype, and SNP arrays on blood. The next logical step is SNP array on skin biopsy to rule out mosaicism.

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