Type 2 Diabetes in Children: When to Refer to a Pediatric Endocrinologist

It's much more common to refer a patient to a pediatric endocrinologist for type 1 diabetes; however, a type 2 diabetes patient will also benefit from a specialist visit.

As this panel of experts addresses, though, not everyone has access to a pediatric endocrinologist:  what do you do in that scenario?

Steven M. Armbrust, MD, a family practice physician, moderates this video roundtable discussion (part of the Endocrinology Highlights series).  He is joined by:

  • Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE:  Certified Diabetes Educator at the University of Chicago Medical Center
  • Thomas DeStefani, MD: Pediatrician
  • W. Patrick Zeller, MD:  Pediatric Endocrinologist

They review current options for telemedicine, as well as how, if there is no pediatric endocrinologist in your area, you can ask an adult endocrinologist is they'd be willing to see the patient.

If your patient's diabetes is controlled and well-managed, he or she may not need to see a pediatric endocrinologist, but if there's significant hyperglycemia or a lack of compliance, you should, if possible, refer to a pediatric endocrinologist.

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