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[Severe hypokalemia with paralysis in a patient with distal renal tubular acidosis as an initial expression of Sjögren's syndrome]

P L A van Daele, A L Zanen, W de Ronde, T E M S de Vries-Sluijs, D P Hayes
Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde 2002 February 2, 146 (5): 218-21
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In a 33-year-old woman with a recent flaccid paralysis of the arms and legs, laboratory tests demonstrated a severe hypokalemia with hyperchloremic metabolic acidosis and abnormally acidified urine. The urinary anion gap was positive in the presence of acidosis, thus establishing the diagnosis of distal renal tubular acidosis. The patient made a full recovery after potassium and alkali replacement. Further investigation revealed Sjögren's syndrome as the underlying cause.

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