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Canada issues warning over glucose monitors:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Patients with kidney failure who use Baxter's peritoneal dialysis solution containing icodextrin (Extraneal) should ensure that they use glucose monitors not subject to interference from sugars that are released by the icodextrin. The result of using the wrong type of monitor is a falsely elevated glucose monitor reading, which can also mask a consequent hypoglycaemic effect, which could result in coma if, due to being masked, it is left untreated. Health Canada has advised patients who use icodextrin-containing dialysis solution to wear some form of personal identification, such as the bracelets and pendants available from MedicAlert, to help avoid the danger.

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