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Revista Uruguaya de Medicina Interna

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BRUNO, Lorena et al. Glycemic control of the surgical patient. Rev. Urug. Med. Int. [online]. 2020, vol.5, n.3, pp.14-18.  Epub Dec 01, 2020. ISSN 2393-6797.


Diabetes mellitus is a highly prevalent pathology, with higher morbidity and mortality in the surgical patient, both due to hypo and hyperglycemia. Goals. Determine if glycemic metabolic control meets international recommendations. Methodology: A descriptive study of all patients admitted to surgical areas was carried out. All capillary blood glucose levels recorded in the clinical history were analyzed. Results: 34 patients were captured (predominantly male and with type 2 diabetes mellitus), 21 underwent surgical intervention, mortality was 6%. The average glycemia was higher than the internationally recommended, it constitutes episodes of hyperglycemia. Likewise, the presence of hypoglycemia was detected.


It is desirable to establish strategies to optimize metabolic control in the population with diabetes mellitus admitted to surgical areas.

Keywords : diabetes mellitus; hypoglycemia; hyperglycemia; surgery.

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