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Diabetes Mellitus Associated with Epidemic of Infectious Hepatitis in Nigeria

Br Med J 1974; 1 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.5900.183 (Published 02 February 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;1:183
  1. F. C. Adi

    Abstract

    This report concerns nine cases of diabetes mellitus associated with infectious hepatitis, an epidemic of which swept through eastern Nigeria between 1970 and 1972. All the patients showed the classical symptoms and signs of diabetes. They quickly responded to treatment, and after a few months the diabetes completely disappeared. Corticosteroid-glucose tolerance tests in four patients 12 to 30 months after the remission of their diabetes were normal. Contact with the remaining five patients had been lost a few months after clinical remission of their diabetes. The infectious hepatitis virus may have damaged pancreatic islet cells to cause an acute remittant form of diabetes mellitus.