Don’t trust glucometers on people using PD with icodextrin

Glucometer test strips can’t distinguish glucose from other sugars, like maltose. When icodextrin is used for PD in people with diabetes, standard glucometer use is risky. Blood glucose test results from glucometers can’t be trusted, and people may be given insulin they don’t need (which could cause coma or death). Three case reports show why this is the case—and the authors suggest using glucose-specific blood tests instead.

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