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Somogyi phenomenon

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A rebound phenomenon as proposed by Michael Somogyi, an American biochemist, to describe the occurrence of reactive hyperglycemia following an episode of hypoglycemia in diabetis mellitus


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The possible cause of this phenomenon is the excessive administration of insulin. It causes a sudden drop of blood glucose beyond the normal level (hypoglycemia). This, in turn, incites counter-regulatory response, i.e. the release of epinephrine, ACTH, glucagon, and growth hormone, increasing blood sugar above the normal level (hyperglycemia).


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