A 76 year old woman presented with a quadriparesis associated with hyperkalaemia. She had a 10 month history of treatment with oral diclofenac sodium. On admission she had hyperkalaemic metabolic acidosis with a normal anion gap and mild renal impairment. Her weakness resolved after withdrawal of diclofenac and medical correction of her hyperkalaemia. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are known to cause hyperkalaemic acidosis and should be used with caution, especially in the presence of renal impairment.
- hyperkalaemic paralysis
- drug induced hyperkalaemia
- diclofenac sodium
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