Diuretic-Associated Hypokalemia: A Prevalent and Expensive Disease?

  • G. R. Fitzgerald
  • E. Delaney
  • M. Cushen
  • M. J. Kennedy
  • A. Kenny
  • J. Murphy
  • D. Gilligan
  • M. G. Fitzgerald
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Part of the Developments in Nephrology book series (DINE, volume 18)

Abstract

Diuretic drugs are widely used in heart failure and hypertension. Recent discussion has concentrated on likely importance of diuretic-associated hypokalemia (DAH) in the genesis of cardiac dysrhythmia. Less attention has recently been directed to other morbidity of DAH (1, 2). This communication addresses DAH sufficiently severe to warrant hospital admission.

Keywords

Thiazide Hypokalemia Frusemide Metolazone 

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References

  1. 1.
    Ramsay, L.E. and Toner J.M. In Diuretics in Heart Failure (Ed.L.E. Ramsay) Royal Society of Medicine International Congress and Symposium Series No.83, Royal Society of Medicine, 1985, pp 67–75.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Poole-Wilson, P.A., Postgraduate Medical Journal, 1983, 59 (Suppl.3), 137–139.PubMedGoogle Scholar

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© Martinus Nijhoff Publishing, Boston 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. R. Fitzgerald
    • 1
  • E. Delaney
    • 1
  • M. Cushen
    • 1
  • M. J. Kennedy
    • 1
  • A. Kenny
    • 1
  • J. Murphy
    • 1
  • D. Gilligan
    • 1
  • M. G. Fitzgerald
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MedicineWaterford Regional HospitalIreland

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