JEFFREY R. FISHER, M.D.
To the editor: Mir and associates (1) have reported on the frequent association of hypokalemia and acute myeloid leukemia with unexplained renal potassium (K) loss. In a subsequent letter Yeung and Trowbridge (2) noted the prevalence of low serum K in chronic granulocytic leukemia. Both groups of authors review the possible causes of hypokalemia in acute leukemia, but make no mention of direct renal involvement by the leukemic process as a potential cause. Renal leukemic infiltrates are frequently seen at postmortem examination (3) but hypokalemia has not been reported in acute lymphoblastic leukemia. During the past year we have seen
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FISHER JR. Hypokalemia in Leukemia. Ann Intern Med. 1977;86:363–364. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-3-363
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;86(3):363-364.
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