The renaissance of insulin pump treatment in childhood type 1 diabetes.

General Clinical Research Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06520-8064, USA.
Reviews in Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (Impact Factor: 3.81). 10/2006; 7(3):205-13. DOI: 10.1007/s11154-006-9018-9
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ABSTRACT Current goals for the treatment of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus include achieving near-normal blood sugar levels, minimizing the risk of hypoglycemia, optimizing quality of life, and preventing or delaying long-term microvascular and macrovascular complications. Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII), or insulin pump therapy, provides a treatment option that can assist in the attainment of all of these goals in all ages of children. In pediatric patients, CSII has been demonstrated to reduce both glycosylated hemoglobin levels and frequency of severe hypoglycemia, without sacrifices in safety, quality of life, or weight gain, particularly in conjunction with the use of new insulin analogs and improvements in pump technology. Clinical studies of safety and efficacy of CSII in children are reviewed, as well as criteria for patient selection and practical considerations using pump therapy in youth with T1DM.

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