Capillary Bedside Blood Glucose Measurement in Neonates: Missing a Diagnosis of Galactosemia

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Ozbek M. N., Ocal M., Tanriverdi S., Baysal B., Deniz A., Oncel K., ...More

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL RESEARCH IN PEDIATRIC ENDOCRINOLOGY, vol.7, no.1, pp.83-85, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


A number of factors may lead to inaccuracy in measurement of capillary blood glucose with a glucometer. Measurement of other carbohydrate molecules such as galactose and fructose along with glucose can potentially be a cause of error. We report a newborn patient who was referred to our hospital with conjugated bilirubinemia, hepatomegaly and high capillary blood glucose levels measured with a glucometer. Simultaneous biochemical measurements revealed normal blood glucose levels. Further investigation led to a diagnosis of classical galactosemia. Capillary blood glucose level measured with glucometer also dropped to normal values following cessation of breastfeeding and initiation of feeding with a lactose-free formula.