Disturbances of potassium homeostasis are frequently iatrogenic: some drugs, especially diuretics, are sometimes taken without proper electrolyte control and replacement; this can lead to more or less severe hypokalemic states. After some physiopathologic remarks, the Authors report their experience with four patients admitted for severe hypokalemia; the clinical picture was always quite typical: severe muscle weakness (even quadriparesis), cardiac rhythm abnormalities, metabolic alkalosis. A reliable diagnostic tool is muscle biopsy that shows aspects of vacuolar myopathy.
|Translated title of the contribution||Hypokalemic myopathy. Our experience at an intensive care unit|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine