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Ann Geriatr Med Res 2019; 23(1): 35-37  https://doi.org/10.4235/agmr.18.0050
Quetiapine-Induced Severe Hypoglycemia in Patient Without Diabetes Mellitus: A Case Report
Suk Ju Cho1, Sang Ah Lee2,3
1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Jeju National University School of Medicine, Jeju, Korea, 2Department of Internal Medicine, Jeju National University School of Medicine, Jeju, Korea, 3Institute for Medical Science, Jeju National University, Jeju, Korea
Correspondence to: Sang Ah Lee, MD, PhD, https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9797-8050
Department of Internal Medicine, Jeju National University School of Medicine, 15 Aran 13-gil, Jeju 63241, Korea, E-mail: peonysalee@gmail.com
Received: December 12, 2018; Revised: February 1, 2019; Accepted: February 10, 2019; Published online: March 31, 2019.
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Hypoglycemia is a serious event in older patients with diabetes mellitus because it increases the risk of various conditions including cardiovascular disease, and dementia, as well as the risk of falls in these individuals. Quetiapine is a widely used antipsychotic drug with diverse indications, and it may be prescribed to older patients. We report on our treatment of an older individual without diabetes mellitus who manifested severe hypoglycemia induced by quetiapine. The hypoglycemia was accompanied by endogenous hyperinsulinemia but was not related to the presence of a pancreatic tumor or antibodies, and adrenal function was normal. The hypoglycemia was so severe that only massive 20% dextrose infusion could maintain normoglycemia. After the patient stopped taking quetiapine, his blood glucose concentration started to increase slowly toward normoglycemia. We finally diagnosed this case as quetiapine-related severe hypoglycemia in a patient without diabetes mellitus, and report our findings here.
Keywords: Hypoglycemia, Aged, Quetiapine fumarate

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