Houssay phenomenon: A rare case of diabetes mellitus remission

J. T W Zhang, K. W K Ho*

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Hypoglycaemia in a type 2 diabetes patient can be due to oral hypoglycaemic agent(s), in particular sulphonylureas, or insulin therapy. Pituitary dysfunction is a less common, yet important, cause of severe hypoglycaemia. Associated features include nausea, dizziness, hypotension, and hyponatraemia. We describe a case of severe hypoglycaemia in an individual with insulin treated type 2 diabetes, secondary to panhypopituitarism from a Rathke's cyst. A brief overview on Rathke's cysts is provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-116
Number of pages2
JournalEuropean Diabetes Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Hypopituitarism
  • Rathke's cyst


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