Childhood diabetes mellitus in Benghazi (Libya).

Original article


Kadiki OA, Gerryo SE, Khan MM.

J Trop Pediatr. 1987 Jun;33(3):136-9.


Childhood diabetes mellitus in Benghazi constituted 2 per cent of the total clinic population of 12568 patients. The majority of patients (61 per cent) presented with polyuria, polydypsia, and loss of weight. Thirty per cent presented with diabetic ketoacidosis. Family history was positive in 32 per cent. The mean age of onset was 10 years for patients aged 0–14 years and 12.6 years for those 0–19 years old, respectively. The complications included nine patients with diabetic triopathy (retinopathy, nephropathy and peripheral neuropathy), nine patients with nephropathy, two patients with retinopathy, three patients with necrobiosis lipoidica, and 14 patients with lipo-atrophy and lipo-hyperatrophy. Frequent admissions to hospital due to diabetic ketoacidosis and hypoglycaemia, as well as the complications observed in this study reflect the poor control of these patients.

Keywords: Childhood diabetes mellitus in Benghazi (Libya).