May occur secondary to misuse of diuretics and potassium supplementsBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7058.693 (Published 14 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:693
- Edward Strivens, Senior house officer,
- Ayesha Siddiqi, Lecturer in endocrinology,
- Richard Fluck, Lecturer in medicine,
- Andrew Hutton, House officer,
- David Bell, House officer
- Department of General and Emergency Medicine, Royal London Hospital, London E1 1BB
EDITOR,—M A Jackson and colleagues highlight the difficulties of managing cardiac arrests due to hyperkalaemia.1 We have recently seen a case similar to theirs; our case was secondary to misuse of diuretics combined with self medication with potassium supplements.
The patient was a 46 year old woman with a history of long term misuse of diuretics and laxatives and documented hypokalaemia. …
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