RALPH BOOKMAN, M.D
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To the editor: The article by Curd and associates in the December issue (1), "Potassium Iodide Sensitivity in Four Patients with Hypocomplementemic Vasculitis," is most interesting. Potassium iodide is a valuable expectorant medication, and therefore readers of your journal should be reassured of its safety lest the report deter them from describing it.
I have prescribed potassium iodide for innumerable asthmatic patients for more than 30 years without ever encountering the conditions the authors describe. I realize, of course, that parenteral iodides can produce sensitivity and urticaria, but I am perplexed that I have never encountered it in patients after
BOOKMAN R. Potassium Iodide Sensitivity. Ann Intern Med. ;92:712–713. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-5-712
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(5):712-713.
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