OM P. GANDA, M.D.
GANDA OP. Pentamidine and Hypoglycemia. Ann Intern Med. 1984;100:464. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-100-3-464_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;100(3):464.
To the editor: In a letter, Sharpe (1) describes the interesting case of a patient with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia who developed hypoglycemia while receiving pentamidine therapy. The author states that he could find only four references to pentamidine-induced hypoglycemia in the literature and that three of the four articles were not readily available.
Let me point out that pentamidine-induced hypoglycemia is a phenomenon well documented in the pages of several prominent medical journals. In fact, studies of two of the largest series of patients with pentamidine-induced hypoglycemia were reported in the Annals. In a 1970 article, Western and colleagues (2),
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