Patient With Type 1 Distal Renal Tubular Acidosis Secondary to Sjogrens Syndrome Presented With Hypokalemic Paralysis

Mehmet Celik, Semra Ayturk, Onur Mert, Ahmet Kucukarda, Ilhan Kurultak, Salim Donmez, Sibel Guldiken, Armagan Tugrul


Hypokalemia is described as serum potassium level below 3.5 mEq/L. The most common causes of hypokalemia are potassium loss from urinary tract, gastrointestinal system and loss through sweating, although decreased potassium intake and increased intracellular translocation may also cause hypokalemia. Severe hypokalemia may affect both cardiovascular and neuromuscular systems and can be life threatining. In the present report, we aimed to present a 47-year-old female patient admitted with paralysis secondary to hypokalemia, who was later diagnosed with distal type 1 renal tubular asidosis (RTA) secondary to Sjogrens syndrome (SS).

J Med Cases. 2015;6(6):268-270


Hypokalemia; Type 1 distal renal tubular acidosis; Sjogren’s syndrome

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