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Journal of the Korean Society of Neonatology 2008;15(1):94-99.
Published online May 1, 2008.
Abnormal Visual Evoked Potential Response from Hypoglycemic Encephalopathy in Two Neonates.
Suk Woo Hong, Seung Yeon Kim, Ho Jin Park
Department of Pediatrics, Eulji University, School of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea. dunggiduk@eulji.ac.kr
저혈당성 뇌병증에 의한 시각유발전위검사(VEP) 이상을 보인 신생아 2례
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Abstract
Although neonatal hypoglycemia is a common metabolic abnormality in newborn infants, brain injuries resulting from isolated neonatal hypoglycemia are rare. Many infants who are hypoglycemic do not exhibit clinical manifestations, while other infants are symptomatic and at risk for permanent brain damage. There is no disagreement that hypoglycemia can cause neonatal encephalopathy and result in permanent brain injury. Occipital brain injury associated with neonatal hypoglycemia can result in long-term disability, epilepsy, and visual impairment. Infants should receive ongoing developmental and visual surveillance for late- onset epilepsy, and visual or cognitive impairment. We report two cases of newborn infants with abnormal visual evoked potentials (VEP) caused by neonatal hypoglycemic encephalopathy.
Key Words: Hypoglycemia, Brain damage, Encephalopathy, Visual evoked potential


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