Calin G. Antonescu, MD; A. Sidney Barritt III, MD
To the Editor: Several studies have shown that potassium chloride is capable of producing mucosal lesions of the upper gastrointestinal tract. We report the case of a patient who, in the depths of depression, ingested an overdose of potassium chloride. He developed gastric outlet obstruction as a late complication. A 27-year-old man attempted suicide by ingesting 50 tablets of potassium chloride, 14 tablets of doxylamine, and 4 tablets of acetaminophen. At admission to the emergency room 1 hour after ingestion, his physical examination was normal. Laboratory data showed hyperkalemia, but all other studies, including the electrocardiogram, were normal. During his
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Antonescu CG, Barritt AS. Potassium Chloride and Gastric Outlet Obstruction. Ann Intern Med. 1989;111:855–856. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-111-10-855
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;111(10):855-856.
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