dead-in-bed syndrome

dead-in-bed syndrome

the finding of young, insulin-dependent diabetic patients without previous illness or abnormal glucose control dead in bed in the morning. Assumed to be due to hypoglycemia but it has been difficult to establish that fact postmortem. Usually occurs in diabetic patients taking three daily doses of insulin, suggesting inadvertent administration of erroneous dose, with lack of awareness of hypoglycemia during sleep.
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dead-in-bed syn·drome

(ded'in-bed' sin'drōm)
The finding of young, insulin-dependent diabetic patients without previous illness or abnormal glucose control dead in bed in the morning. Assumed to be due to hypoglycemia but it has been difficult to confirm that postmortem. Usually occurs in diabetic patients taking three daily doses of insulin, suggesting inadvertent administration of an erroneous dose, with lack of awareness of hypoglycemia during sleep.
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It demonstrates a possible link between dead-in-bed syndrome and Brugada syndrome, thereby supporting earlier work [13], albeit for a GPD1L gene variant of unclear clinical significance but with supportive in vitro evidence.
Thordarson, "Dead-in-bed syndrome in young diabetic patients," Diabetes Care, vol.