Clinical characteristics and phenotype-genotype review of 25 Omani children with congenital hyperinsulinism in infancy. A one-decade single-center experience

Maryam K. Al-Badi, Hanan S. Al-Azkawi, Mouza S. Al-Yahyaei, Waad A. Mula-Abed, Aisha M. Al-Senani


Objectives: To report the genotype-phenotype characteristics, demographic features and clinical outcome of Omani patients with congenital hyperinsulinism (CHI).


Methods: We retrospectively analyzed the clinical, biochemical, genotypical, phenotypical characteristics and outcomes of  children with CHI who were presented to the pediatric endocrine team in the Royal Hospital, Muscat, Oman between January 2007 and December 2016.


Results: Analysis of 25 patients with CHI genetically revealed homozygous mutation in ABCC8 in 23 (92%) patients and 2 patients (8%) with compound heterozygous mutation in ABCC8. Fifteen (60%) patients underwent subtotal pancreatectomy as medical therapy failed and 2 (8%) patients showed response to medical therapy. Three patients expired during the neonatal period, 2 had cardiomyopathy and sepsis, and one had sepsis and severe metabolic acidosis. Out of the 15 patients who underwent pancreatectomy, 6 developed diabetes mellitus, 6 continued to have hypoglycemia and required medical therapy and one had pancreatic exocrine dysfunction post-pancreatectomy, following up with gastroenterology clinic and was placed on pancreatic enzyme supplements, while 2 patients continued to have hypoglycemia and both had abdominal MRI and 18-F-fluoro-L-DOPA positron emission tomography scan (PET-scan), that showed  persistent of the disease and started on medical therapy.


Conclusion:  Mutation in ABCC8 is the most common cause of CHI and reflects the early age of presentation. There is a need for early diagnosis and appropriate therapeutic strategy.



Saudi Med J 2019; Vol. 40 (7): 669-674
doi: 10.15537/smj.2019.7.24291

How to cite this article:
Al-Badi MK, Al-Azkawi HS, Al-Yahyaei M, Mula-Abed W, Al-Senani A. Clinical characteristics and phenotype-genotype review of 25 Omani children with congenital hyperinsulinism in infancy: A one-decade single-center experience. Saudi Med J 2019; 40 (7): 669-674. doi: 10.15537/smj.2019.7.24291.



Congenital Hyperinsulinism in Infancy (CHI); Persistent Hyperinsulinemic Hypoglaycemia of Infancy (PHHI); hypoglycemia, Pancreatectomy; KATP channel; ABCC8 gene

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