Chapter 31. Metabolic Conditions

  1. Kate Thomson MBBS, FRACP General Paediatrician3,4,
  2. Dean Tey MBBS Allergy and Immunology Fellow5 and
  3. Michael Marks MBBS, MPH, MD, FRACP Paediatrician Senior Lecturer6,7
  1. Avihu Boneh MD, PhD, FRACP Head1 and
  2. George Werther MD, FRACP, MSC (Oxon) Director Professor2,7

Published Online: 17 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch31

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Boneh, A. and Werther, G. (2009) Metabolic Conditions, in Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition (eds K. Thomson, D. Tey and M. Marks), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch31

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Developmental Medicine, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  2. 4

    Emergency Department, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  3. 5

    Department of Allergy and Immunology, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 6

    Department of General Medicine, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  5. 7

    Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    Metabolic Service, Genetic Health Services, Victoria, Australia

  2. 2

    Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes and Centre for Hormone Research, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  3. 7

    Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 13 FEB 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405174008

Online ISBN: 9781444308051



  • metabolic conditions;
  • metabolic disorders - assessment and laboratory investigations;
  • clinical features suggestive of metabolic disease;
  • physical examination - signs of metabolic disease;
  • investigation of suspected metabolic disease and laboratory results;
  • hypoglycaemia - causes, specific signs and symptoms, investigation and management;
  • general treatment guidelines for metabolic conditions;
  • treatment with vitamins and other supplements;
  • urgent autopsy for suspected metabolic disease;
  • medicine and surgery for metabolic conditions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Assessment

  • Laboratory investigations

  • Hypoglycaemia

  • General treatment guidelines

  • Urgent autopsy for suspected metabolic disease