Research Article

Hyperglucagonaemia in the surgical patient.

Br Med J 1975; 1 doi: (Published 04 January 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;1:10
  1. R C Russell,
  2. C J Walker,
  3. S R Bloom


    Twenty-one patients had serial samples of blood taken before, during, and after operation for the measurement of plasma glucagon, plasma insulin, and blood glucose concentrations. A significant rise in plasma glucagon level was noted during the operation. In contrast the plasma insulin concentration fell during the operation and rose in the postoperative period despite hyperglycaemia during and after the operation. These findings show that hyperglucagonaemia is a physiological consequence of a surgical operation and that the relationship of plasms glucagon to plasma insulin is complex.