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      Somatostatin-Induced Hyperkalemia in a Patient on Maintenance Hemodialysis

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          A 65-year-old man, who had been undergoing maintenance hemodialysis for 20 years, suffering from severe postprandial hypotension was studied on 2 consecutive interdialytic days. The drop in blood pressure resulting from the oral administration of 75 g glucose was prevented by the concomitant infusion of somatostatin (350 μg/h), but this was accompanied by severe hyperkalemia (7.4 mmol/l). Suppression of insulin by somatostatin may have contributed to the hyperkalemia by impairing cellular potassium uptake. We conclude that although somatostatin prevents postprandial hypotension, hyperkalemia may limit its use in patients with end-stage renal failure

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          Journal
          NEF
          Nephron
          10.1159/issn.1660-8151
          Nephron
          S. Karger AG
          1660-8151
          2235-3186
          1991
          1991
          11 December 2008
          : 59
          : 3
          : 445-448
          Affiliations
          Department of General Internal Medicine and Nephrology, Universitätsklinikum Steglitz, Free University of Berlin, FRG
          Article
          186606 Nephron 1991;59:445–448
          10.1159/000186606
          1684641
          © 1991 S. Karger AG, Basel

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