JORGE J. GONZALEZ, M.D.; WILLIAM OWENS, M.D.; PETER C. UNGARO, M.D.; EMILE E. WERK, M.D.; PETER W. WENTZ, Ph.D.
GONZALEZ JJ, OWENS W, UNGARO PC, WERK EE, WENTZ PW. Clay Ingestion: A Rare Cause of Hypokalemia. Ann Intern Med. 1982;97:65-66. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-1-65
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(1):65-66.
Hypokalemia induced by clay ingestion was reported in 1964 by Mengel and associates (1). They postulated that the potassium-trapping ability of some clays was responsible for the profound hypokalemia that their patient exhibited and drew a convincing parallel between their case and the old Cachexia Africana syndrome (2-3). If one considers the high incidence of clay ingestion in the Southeastern United States (4), it is surprising that few reports of clay-induced hypokalemia have been published. Due to the sparsity of reported cases, clay ingestion has not been recognized as a cause of hypokalemia in standard medical textbooks. We describe a
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