Olanzapine-induced diabetes in a seven-year-old boy

Helen E. Courvoisie, David W. Cooke, Mark A. Riddle

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The atypical antipsychotics have been recognized to induce diabetes mellitus and ketoacidosis in the adult psychiatric population. This report notes the onset of weight gain, diabetes, and apparent ketosis in a prepubertal boy diagnosed with bipolar disorder and treated with olanzapine. The hyperglycemia rapidly normalized after discontinuation of the olanzapine. Within 2 years, the diabetes recurred. In spite of the normalization of blood-glucose levels, urine ketone tests remained positive and were explained by the fact that patients taking valproic acid may have a false-positive urine test for ketones. Regular monitoring of glucose should be considered in children and adolescents who gain weight while treated with atypical antipsychotics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)612-616
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of child and adolescent psychopharmacology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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