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What is the white stuff in the cannula?

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by mom2cjh, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. mom2cjh

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    So last night we had high BS and when we took the pod off there was milky white substance in the cannula. What is it?...and I am assuming it blocks some/most insulin from getting through. Other times I can definitely find the kink in the cannula but this one was fine...just filled with a white substance.
     
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    Could be a buildup of white blood cells.
     
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    I think this is the leading theory. I have a suspicion that it could also be keratin.

    However, I have found no correlation with it's presence and pod efficacy.
     
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    Perhaps I wasn't clear. Yes, we have seen high BGs and noticed white in the cannula but we have also seen it in there, probably as often, with no effect on BGs. It's not a rare occurrence for us to see it, however, it is relatively rare that we have an ineffective pod.
     
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    Personally, I would attribute this to an inflamed and ineffective site and would suspect that the white stuff was either a result of that or just coincidental - strictly based from our experience with the pods.
     
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    We've seen this in cannula's too.. not often, and its usually associated with higher numbers.. I was thinking it was skin/tissue that ended in there some how.
     
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    I have seen this maybe 4-5 times in the past three years. We Ping. I thought it was pus. Thankfully it doesn't happen often.
     

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