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Emergency treatment

Emergency treatment
Glucagon is a fast-acting hormone used to raise blood glucose levels quickly. It is administered by injection in cases where a person with diabetes has symptoms of hypoglycemia -- such as confusion, seizures, or unconsciousness -- that have not responded to treatment with glucose (sugar).




Review Date: 12/26/2011
Reviewed By: Harvey Simon, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Senior Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital.
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