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March 1930

DEXTROSE TOLERANCE TESTS FOLLOWING LOBAR PNEUMONIA IN CHILDREN

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the Pediatric Service, Mount Sinai Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1930;39(3):512-516. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1930.01930150044005
Abstract

In a previous paper we1 have shown that in children after the cessation of a ketosis induced by a ketogenic diet, the carbohydrate metabolism does not return to normal at once but passes through a transitory stage. During this stage, there appears to be an excessive ability to utilize carbohydrates. This is shown by the occurrence of only a slight rise in the blood sugar curve in a dextrose tolerance test. The same low type of blood sugar tolerance curve is also seen following recovery from ketosis caused by cyclic vomiting.

Often during an acute lobar pneumonic infection in children acetone is found in the urine. According to Binger, Hastings, Sendroy, Neill and Morgan,2 there is not a true ketosis during lobar pneumonia. They based their conclusions on the presence of normal blood reaction and normal blood gases. The constant occurrence of acetonuria in many acute infections of

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