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March 1940


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From the Laboratory of the Maternity Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1940;59(3):542-553. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.01990140085011

The present study was undertaken to answer the following questions: Does the dextrose tolerance curve of the infant of a diabetic mother show abnormality? How does it compare with the reaction of the infant of a normal mother to the same test? While this study does not provide complete answers, it does bring out certain interesting tendencies.

A summary of previous observations reported from this laboratory shows that blood sugar values three to six hours after birth ranged from 55 to 80 mg. per hundred cubic centimeters. the mean of ten determinations being 66.8 mg.1 Seven infants of mothers who received 500 cc. of a 10 per cent solution of dextrose intravenously during the second stage of labor presented blood sugar values of 45 to 65 mg. two hours after birth, with a slight rise to between 55 and 80 mg. four hours after birth.2 During the first

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