JOHN H. FELTS JR., M.D.
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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 INSUFFICIENCY*. Ann Intern Med. 1954;40:166–171. doi: https://doi.org/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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