Brett was only 8 years old when he was admitted to Miller Children's with a blood-glucose level of 488, more than five times higher than the normal blood sugar level.
The Miller Children’s Endocrine, Diabetes and Metabolic Center is dedicated to providing a multi-disciplinary and multi-specialty approach to diagnostic services and treatment plans for children from birth to 21 years (sometimes into adulthood), with acute and chronic endocrine or metabolic disorders. The Endocrine, Diabetes & Metabolic Center houses two comprehensive California Children's Services (CCS) centers, complete with multi-disciplinary teams:
The Endocrine & Diabetes Center offers comprehensive programs in—endocrinology, growth disorders, and diabetes. These specialized programs are designed to diagnose, treat and manage childhood conditions such as type 1 and type 2 diabetes, obesity, growth disorders, thyroid disease, hypoglycemia, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, disorders of sexual development, rickets and metabolic bone disease, diabetes insipidus, Turner's Syndrome and other defects of the endocrine system, including adrenal, thyroid and pituitary glands. The endocrinologists and specialty care team also sees and treats patients who are hospitalized in the NICU, PICU, and general pediatrics units.
The Metabolic Center treats infants and children with amino acid disorders, organic acid disorders and fatty acid oxidation disorders. Patients with inborn errors of metabolism (IEMs) receive a comprehensive evaluation and care plan from a specialized metabolic care team. The primary metabolic therapy for IEMs is through dietary management. The Metabolic Center also treats adults who are a part of the Genetically Handicapped Persons Program (GHPP).