Unsuitable blood glucose measuring devices in neonatal or paediatric acute care

Dankwart Friedrich Wittenberg, Alta Terblanche, Izelle Smuts, Johannes Opperman


A newborn baby with persistent neonatal jaundice developed severe septicaemia. Blood glucose monitoring using Accuchek(R) revealed persistently high values, but laboratory blood glucose testing showed no instance of true hyperglycaemia. She was found to have galactosaemia.

The Accu-chek® glucose meter does not discriminate between blood galactose and glucose.

Authors' affiliations

Dankwart Friedrich Wittenberg, University of Pretoria

Alta Terblanche, Pretoria Academic Hospital

Izelle Smuts, University of Pretoria

Johannes Opperman, University of Pretoria

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Galactosaemia; Test Strip Blood Glucose; Glucose Dehydrogenase

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South African Medical Journal 2007;97(12):1231.

Article History

Date submitted: 2007-05-31
Date published: 2007-12-14

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