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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 208-211

Association between glycemic gap and adverse outcomes in Critically Ill patients with diabetes

Department of Endocrinology, Ramaiah Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Mala Dharmalingam
Department of Endocrinology, Ramaiah Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/2230-8210.232380

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Objectives: Glycemic excursions are commonly seen in patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and are related to adverse outcomes. Glycemic gap is a marker of this excursion in patients with diabetes. It can be used to predict adverse outcomes in patients with diabetes admitted to the ICU. It is calculated by subtracting A1C-derived average glucose (ADAG) = ([28.7 × HbA1c]-46.7) from plasma glucose at admission. Objective of this study was to correlate glycemic gap and adverse outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) admitted to the ICU. Materials and Methods: We conducted an ambispective study to include patients with type 2 DM admitted to the ICUs from July 2015 to June 2016. The following adverse outcomes were recorded: Multiorgan dysfunction syndrome (MODS), acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), shock, upper gastrointestinal (UGI) bleed, acute kidney injury (AKI), and acute respiratory failure (ARF). Results: A total of 200 patients were enrolled, with a mean age ± standard deviation of 62 ± 11.24 years, and 64.5% were males. The median (interquartile range) duration of hospital stay and ICU stay were 8 (6–12) days and 4 (3–7) days, respectively. The most common primary diagnosis was cardiovascular (39.5%) followed by neurological (16.5%), infection at diagnosis (16.5%), respiratory (14%), gastrointestinal (7.5%), and others (6%). A higher glycemic gap was associated with occurrence of MODS (P < 0.01), ARDS (P = 0.026), shock (P = 0.043), UGI bleed (P = 0.013), AKI (P = 0.01), and ARF (P < 0.01). Glycemic gap cutoffs of 43.31, 45.26, and 39.12 were found to be discriminatory for predicting ICU mortality (area under the receiver operating characteristic [AUROC]=0.631, P = 0.05), MODS (AUROC = 0.725, P < 0.001), and ARF (AUROC = 0.714, P < 0.001). Conclusion: This study showed that higher glycemic gap levels were associated with an increased risk of MODS, ARDS, shock, UGI bleed, AKI, and ARF. Glycemic gap is a tool that can be used to determine prognosis in patients with diabetes admitted to the ICU.

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