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A patient with alcoholic hypokaliaemic myopathy



A patient with alcoholic hypokaliaemic myopathy



Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde 132(38): 1758-1760



An alcoholic man 56 years old was admitted to hospital with progressive weakening of proximal leg and arm muscles, diarrhoea and weight loss. Hypokaliaemia and megalocytic anaemia were present. Biopsy showed extensive vacuolization and necrosis in muscle and considerably reduced activity of lactase, sucrase and maltase and possible atrophy in small intestine. With supplements of potassium, folic acid, thiamin and vitamin B-12 and abstention from alcohol the patient recovered.

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