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Toxic levels of glycosides in herbal medication: a potential cause of hyperkalaemia.

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Abstract

We report a previously healthy man presenting with life-threatening hyperkalaemia and heart failure. The only possible cause was thought to be the long list of herbal medications he was taking, several of which contained significant amounts of cardiac glycosides. Hyperkalaemia is known to be associated with digoxin toxicity and we present this as the likely cause in this case, and emphasize the importance of a thorough drug history in forming a differential diagnosis.

Scott Med J. 2011 Nov;56(4):236. doi: 10.1258/smj.2011.011179. Case Reports

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