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Diabetes mellitus and Friedreich´s ataxia in a child: a complicated coexistence

The appearance of motor clumsiness, with running and jumping difficulties in a 6-year-old boy prompted the genetic study of Friedreich's ataxia, confirming his diagnosis. After diagnosis, it was evaluated by Pediatric Cardiology, detecting the presence of non-obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and by Pediatric Endocrinology, due to overweight. At 9 years of age, he was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, a regimen of insulin treatment was initiated. During follow-up, he presented significant neurological deterioration, reaching the use of a wheelchair, which hinders adequate metabolic control. This is a report of a pediatric patient with Friedrich ataxia and diabetes mellitus.

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