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Title: Hypokalemic paralysis associated with cystic disease of the kidney: case report
Authors: Gamakaranage, C.S.
Rodrigo, C.
Jayasinghe, S.
Rajapakse, S.
Issue Date: 2011
Citation: BMC Nephrol. 2011 Apr 18;12:16
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Severe hypokalemia is known to cause muscle paralysis, and renal tubular acidosis is a recognized cause. Cystic disease of the kidney is associated with severe hypokalemia. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a 33-year-old male patient who presented with generalized limb weakness caused by severe hypokalemia due to renal tubular acidosis, who was found to have renal medullary cysts. CONCLUSION: The association of cystic renal disease with hypokalemia, and the possible pathophysiological basis of the development of renal cysts in patients with severe hypokalemia, are discussed.
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