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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104


Children with congenital hyperinsulinism (CHI) have low blood sugar, and some of these children may require surgery. In this study, researchers affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania will test how well a radioactive drug (called F-DOPA) can detect a form of hyperinsulinism that may be cured by surgery. Eligible participants in this study will have positron emission tomography (PET) scans with F-DOPA prior to surgery.

Study summary:

For children with congenital hyperinsulinism (CHI), low blood sugar is caused by cells in the pancreas that release too much insulin. Some children with CHI have these cells throughout their pancreas; others have them located in specific areas of the pancreas. Children who have them located in specific areas of the pancreas may be cured with surgery. F-DOPA is a radioactive drug that may go to these very cells. F-DOPA can also be used for positron emission tomography (or PET), an imaging technique used in nuclear medicine departments. In this study, researchers will test the possibility of using PET with F-DOPA in the diagnosis of children with hyperinsulinism.


Inclusion Criteria: - Any age, but primarily infants 0-6 months. - Children with confirmed diagnosis of congenital hyperinsulinism. Exclusion Criteria: - Cases in which surgery will not be considered by parents or guardians.



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Lisa J States, MD
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Location Contact:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: February 04, 2019

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