JOHN H. FELTS JR., M.D.
The syndrome of potassium intoxication, well documented in chronic and acute renal disease1-4 and in untreated, adrenalectomized dogs,5-8 has rarely been recognized clinically in adrenal insufficiency. It has been suggested that death in Addison's disease may be related to such abnormalities in serum potassium concentration.5, 9 In this case the onset was typical of potassium intoxication; in view of the response to therapy and the subsequent course, it is presumed to be one of acute functional adrenocortical insufficiency.
A 42 year old white female was admitted to the hospital with the history of recurrent episodes of chills, fever,
FELTS JH. POTASSIUM INTOXICATION PRESUMABLY DUE TO ACUTE FUNCTIONAL ADRENOCORTICAL INSUFFICIENCY1. Ann Intern Med. ;40:166–171. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-40-1-166
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1954;40(1):166-171.
Adrenal Disorders, Emergency Medicine, Endocrine and Metabolism.
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