DAVID PRAGER, M.D., F.A.C.P.; JOHN RULE, M.D.; HARRY KINTZI, M.D.
PRAGER D, RULE J, KINTZI H. Hypokalemia in Leukemia. Ann Intern Med. 1977;86:118. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-1-118_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;86(1):118.
To the editor: I am writing with regard to the comments made by Dr. Yeung and Dr. Trowbridge (1) on hypokalemia in the blastic crisis of chronic granulocytic leukemia.
At present we have a 38-year-old male patient in the blastic phase of chronic myelogenous leukemia who has a persistent hypokalemia. The serum potassium usually ranges around 2.5 meq./litre. There is no significant difference between the serum and plasma potassium levels. The patient has not received any antibiotics. Therefore, this case lends further support to the statements by Drs. Yeung and Trowbridge that the hypokalemia, which has been associated with
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