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Hypokalaemia occurring during insulin-induced hypoglycaemia.

Authors
  • Strakosch, C R
  • Stiel, J N
  • Györy, A Z
Type
Published Article
Journal
Australian and New Zealand journal of medicine
Publication Date
Aug 01, 1976
Volume
6
Issue
4
Pages
314–316
Identifiers
PMID: 1070988
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Insulin-induced hypoglycaemia was used to test pituitary function in six patients with suspected pituitary deficiency. In each, a fall in serum potassium concentration of from 0-63 to 1-48 mEq/litre (mean fall 1-10 mEq/litre +/- 0-30 SEM) was observed during the two hour period following administration of 1-15 units of insulin per kilogram body weight. In several patients the resulting hypokalaemia was at a level which has been associated with cardiac complications.

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