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June 5, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(23):1766-1767. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.26720490001012

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A great many complications have been described as occurring in diabetes mellitus. Many of these complications may be regarded simply as coexisting conditions, while others seem to bear a definite, direct relationship to the disease itself. The following complication, which we have recently observed, probably belongs to the latter group and is apparently very unusual.

REPORT OF CASE  D. D., a girl, aged 11, who was admitted to the medical service of Bell Memorial Hospital, Oct. 22, 1925, at 7 a. m., and who died four hours later, had suffered from diabetes for approximately two years. During this time she had had a moderately severe form of the disease, but had been kept in good condition by dieting and insulin therapy. She had gained weight and grown in height at a satisfactory rate. In September, 1923, her height was 44½ inches (113 cm.) and her weight 44 pounds (20 Kg.);

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