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Fifteen-minute consultation: insulin pumps for type 1 diabetes in children and young people
  1. Philippa Prentice1,
  2. Daniela Elleri2
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Paediatric Endocrinology, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Philippa Prentice, Department of Paediatrics, North Middlesex Hospital, Sterling Way, London N18 1QX, UK; philippa.prentice1{at}


There is increasing worldwide use of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusions in paediatric type 1 diabetes (T1D), reflecting recent research outcomes and guidance, as well as families’ wishes. Children/young people may present acutely with medical or surgical problems, in addition to issues related to T1D. This review provides general paediatricians with an introduction to pump therapy, highlighting common problems, management issues and when to seek specialist advice.

  • type 1 diabetes
  • insulin pump
  • diabetic ketoacidosis
  • hypoglycaemia

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  • Contributors PP wrote the first draft. DE contributed to the writing and review of the paper.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.