Miopatia ipokaliemica. Nostra esperienza in un reparto di terapia intensiva.

Translated title of the contribution: Hypokalemic myopathy. Our experience at an intensive care unit

F. Albertario, P. Ceriana, R. Scelsi, P. Geraci, G. Azan, R. V. Dionigi, A. Mapelli

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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 contributionHypokalemic myopathy. Our experience at an intensive care unit
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)19-25
Number of pages7
JournalMinerva Anestesiologica
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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