Background: Children undergoing total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation (TPIAT) for chronic pancreatitis require intensive insulin therapy early after TPIAT with narrow glycemic targets, which can a present significant care burden. Outpatient use of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems by children and caregivers early after TPIAT is inadequately studied. Methods: In this open-label study, we randomized 14 children and adolescents (mean age 15.4 years) after hospital discharge for TPIAT to Dexcom G6 CGM (n = 7) or standard care with a glucometer (n = 7) to assess acceptability and glycemic control with use of CGM versus usual care (glucometer). Participants in the control arm also wore a blinded CGM for 1 week. Result: Children randomized to real-time CGM had lower mean sensor glucose values compared with controls (p = 0.002), and high overall satisfaction with CGM. Conclusions: Our data indicate that CGM is a useful adjunct to diabetes management for children who have recently undergone TPIAT.
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- continuous glucose monitoring
- diabetes technology
- islet transplantation