On Campus: UMCG investigates rare childhood disease

Tuesday 27 May 2014

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The hospital in Groningen receive with the RadboudUMC Nijmegen 7.3 million to look deeper  into hyperinsulinism , a disease that about 1 in 50,000 babies is born with.

These children have a pancreas that produces too much insulin, so they constantly run the risk of a low sugar level. This can lead to brain damage. Without treatment, most children will die, but even if they do get medication not more than three-quarters of the patients respond.

The only thing then remaining is the removal of the pancreas. That can only be done  in a few European hospitals and although it can save lives, it can also causes lifelong diabetes and chronic indigestion.