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Studies must establish whether prolonged QTc interval in newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes is reversible

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7159.678a (Published 05 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:678
  1. Peter Kempler, Associate professor,
  2. Katalin Keresztes, Clinical doctor,
  3. Anna Marton, Clinical doctor
  1. I Department of Medicine, Semmelweis University, Budapest, H-1083 Hungary
  2. The authors were supported by the National Research Fund, Ministry of Welfare, and Zsigmond Diabetes Foundation.

    EDITOR—Naas et al found that the corrected QT (QTc) interval, QT dispersion, and QTc dispersion are accurate predictors of cardiac death in newly diagnosed non-insulin dependent diabetes.1 > QT interval is influenced by many factors, including electrolyte abnormalities, myocardial ischaemia, autonomic imbalance, and alcohol toxicity. Prolongation of the QT interval is related to the severity of autonomic neuropathy in patients with alcoholic and non-alcoholic liver disease.2

    We studied 27 patients with newly diagnosed insulin dependent …

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