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Total body composition in cirrhotic patients with metabolic alkalosis, hypokalemia, hyperammoniemia, and portacaval shunt

Authors
Journal
The American Journal of Surgery
0002-9610
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
117
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0002-9610(69)90289-x

Abstract

Abstract Results of our studies in 112 cirrhotic patients indicate the presence of metabolic alkalosis in 25 per cent. Potassium depletion as indicated by total body potassium studies was found to be important in the pathogenesis of metabolic alkalosis. Replacement of potassium reverses the alkalosis and the associated coma. Portacaval shunt exerts no beneficial effect on the abnormalities in total body composition found in patients with cirrhosis.

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