Profound muscle weakness and hypokalemia due to clay ingestion.

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1988-02

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Severance, HW
Holt, T
Patrone, NA
Chapman, L

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We have presented the case of a 43-year-old woman with severe myositis due to clay ingestion and hypokalemia. EMG studies revealed a pattern consistent with myositis, and muscle biopsy showed a nonspecific diffuse myositis. The clay was shown to act as a potassium binder. With potassium replacement and discontinuance of clay ingestion, the symptoms and signs abated and laboratory values returned to normal.

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10.1097/00007611-198802000-00033

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Severance, HW, T Holt, NA Patrone and L Chapman (1988). Profound muscle weakness and hypokalemia due to clay ingestion. Southern medical journal, 81(2). pp. 272–274. 10.1097/00007611-198802000-00033 Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/26218.

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Harry Wells Severance

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