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      Influence of Chronic Diuretic Therapy on Serum, Lymphocyte and Erythrocyte Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium Concentrations

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          Serum, lymphocyte and erythrocyte potassium, magnesium and calcium concentrations were measured in 31 patients with congestive cardiac failure and 14 patients with mild noncomplicated hypertension, who had been receiving either furosemide or chlorothia-zide (with or without potassium supplementation) or a combination of hydrochlorothiazide and amiloride for more than 6 months. Lymphocyte potassium concentrations (pmol/l00 cells ± SE) were as follows: controls 18.1 ± 1.5, furosemide 14.1 ± 0.9 (p < 0.001), furosemide + potassium 12.3 ± 0.7 (p < 0.001), chlorothiazide 13.1 ± 1.0 (p < 0.001) and hydrochlorothiazide + amiloride 18.6 ± 0.7 (p = NS). There was a statistically significant relationship between the number of months the patients had been on diuretics and their lymphocyte potassium concentrations. Serum electrolytes, apart from the group receiving chlorothiazide who showed a significant fall in serum K, were unchanged.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1988
          1988
          11 November 2008
          : 75
          : 1
          : 17-23
          Affiliations
          Departments of aMedicine, bCardiology and cClinical Biochemistry, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel
          Article
          174345 Cardiology 1988;75:17–23
          10.1159/000174345
          3342421
          © 1988 S. Karger AG, Basel

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