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hypokalemia

Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis

A recent renal consult I encountered was a Cantonese gentleman with a classical symptomatic history for Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis (HPP). He presented with a serum K of 1.4 mmol/l and profound weakness. Initially beginning in his teenage years,…

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Hypothermia Protocol and Dialysis

I recently received an inpatient consultation to see a CKD 5D patient. The reason for consult, as is mostly the case with dialysis patients was that he “needs hemodialysis”. This dialysis patient wasn’t the average bear though. He…

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Diabetic Nephropathy, or not?

A man in his 30s with a history of type 1 DM and chronic hypokalemia was referred to the renal clinic for investigation of CKD. His creatinine was 1.8g mg/dl.  His DM was well controlled without any evidence…

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Hypokalaemia induced polyuria

Last time we reviewed the proposed mechanisms by which hypercalcaemia can induce polyuria. It’s important to know that hypokalaemia can also precipitate this presentation. So here are the proposed mechanisms for this scenario. Potassium is required for the…

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Hypokalemia and deafness

I attended a research seminar last week given by the discoverer of EAST syndrome. This a rare, autosomal recessive condition in which children present with Epilepsy, Ataxia, Sensorineural deafness and Tubulopathy. It was a fascinating lecture detailing the…

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