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Erroneously high Dextrostix values caused by isopropyl alcohol.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7402806     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Glucose oxidase peroxidase chromogen reagent (Dextrostix) in combination with the Eyetone colorimeter has become increasingly popular in the rapid detection of hypoglycemic states in the newborn. Although the reliability of this system is well documented, there are several factors which can compromise the accuracy of the procedure. One such problem is the glucose reading given after a blood-alcohol combination is tested. By decreasing the light reflected from the strip, the optical electrical interpretation of the Dextrostix is altered by alcohol such that there is an apparent increase in the glucose level as read by the eyetone meter.
D M Grazaitis; W R Sexson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatrics     Volume:  66     ISSN:  0031-4005     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatrics     Publication Date:  1980 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1980-10-27     Completed Date:  1980-10-27     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376422     Medline TA:  Pediatrics     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  221-3     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Blood Glucose / metabolism
Diagnostic Errors*
Glucose Oxidase*
Hypoglycemia / diagnosis*
Indicators and Reagents*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Newborn, Diseases / diagnosis*
Reagent Strips*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Blood Glucose; 0/Indicators and Reagents; 0/Reagent Strips; 71-23-8/1-Propanol; EC Oxidase; EC 1.11.1.-/Peroxidases

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