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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Type 3c Diabetes Misdiagnosed; Patients at Risk of Complications

Patients with a form of diabetes due to pancreatic dysfunction are commonly misdiagnosed as having type 2 diabetes, resulting in poor glycemic control and suboptimal care, the first large-scale analysis of this underrecognized form of the disease indicates.

Diabetes of the exocrine pancreas, also known as type 3c diabetes, arises when pancreatic inflammation, neoplasia, or resection results in beta-cell dysfunction, affecting the production of insulin.

As it occurs in individuals of a similar age group, type 3c diabetes may be misdiagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Those with type 3c diabetes require insulin therapy more urgently than those with type 2, so the consequence of this misdiagnosis are delays in delivering appropriate treatment, which can lead to nerve, eye, and kidney damage, say the authors of the new study, led by Dr Chris Woodmansey of the University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom, and colleagues, which was published online in Diabetes Care on October 23.

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/887842

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