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Recurrent Hypoglycemia Associated with Acute Alcoholism

Ann Intern Med. 1963;59(1_Part_1):90-94. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-59-1-90
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Hypoglycemic coma after alcohol intoxication in association with a poor diet has been reported by several authors (1-4) since 1949, although this association has not been widely recognized as a cause of hypoglycemic coma in the United States.

In 1958 Hed (3) reported 2 cases of transient hypoglycemia in association with acute alcoholism. He studied 51 chronic alcoholics and found subnormal blood sugar levels (53 to 64 mg per 100 ml) in 7 patients in whom no clinical evidence of cirrhosis existed, although no liver biopsy had been performed. One patient demonstrated chronic hypoglycemia.

During a 10-month period Neame and


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