Transient diabetes following chicken pox
The paper describes two individuals presenting with acute insulin dependent diabetes mellitus for a brief and transient period. Both had had chicken pox infection in the immediate past. After establishing good diabetic control, insulin was withdrawn over a few weeks. Follow-up for the next two years did not reveal recurrence of diabetes. A causal relation between varicella zoster virus and the onset of diabetes is suggested.
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ABSTRACT: Students of diabetes have noted that the so-called vascular complications of the disease appear with little or no consistency. Uncontrolled patients may have no vascular problems. Contrarywise obsessive compulsive individuals who follow every dietary regimen perfectly and take their prescriptions faithfully may have horrendous vascular difficulties. These experiences brought me to the conclusion that the 'complications' were really a component of the disease rather than the result of it. In an effort to find a unified concept of the disease it seemed reasonable to conclude that inadequate circulation to the islets may be a cause of the chemical constellation that we call diabetes. Vascular pathology may appear haphazardly in various arteries. Thus some will develop cerebrovascular disease, others coronary manifestations while still other patients will experience peripheral vascular symptoms. Is it not possible that defective circulation to the pancreas might be an aetiological factor in the development of diabetes? These observations lend credence to the concept that arterial pathology may actually precede the appearance of clinical diabetes.
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