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Tramadol-induced hypoglycaemia
  1. Thomas Cronin,
  2. Luke Francis Smith
  1. Acute Assessment Unit, West Middlesex University Hospital, Isleworth, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Thomas Cronin, Acute Assessment Unit, West Middlesex University Hospital, Isleworth TW7 6AF, UK; cronin.thomas.c{at}

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Case presentation

A 58-year-old Caucasian male patient attended the emergency department with hypoglycaemia (2.3 mmol/L). This was identified by paramedics following an episode of reduced responsiveness while the patient was at home with his wife. This was successfully treated with 500 mL of intravenous glucose 5%.

The patient had a medical history of diabetes mellitus type 2, hypertension, hypercholesterolaemia, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease and bilateral knee osteoarthritis. His home medications included Humulin M3, irbesartan, simvastatin, ramipril, omeprazole and tramadol. He reported excellent glycaemic control (most recent—haemoglobin A1c 49 mmol/mol), with no recent change in …

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  • Contributors TC conceived, designed and drafted work. LFS assisted with draft and critical revisions to the article.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.