Profound muscle weakness and hypokalemia due to clay ingestion.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We have presented the case of a 43-year-old woman with severe myositis due to clay ingestion and hypokalemia. EMG studies revealed a pattern consistent with myositis, and muscle biopsy showed a nonspecific diffuse myositis. The clay was shown to act as a potassium binder. With potassium replacement and discontinuance of clay ingestion, the symptoms and signs abated and laboratory values returned to normal.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Severance, HW; Holt, T; Patrone, NA; Chapman, L

Published Date

  • February 1, 1988

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 81 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 272 - 274

PubMed ID

  • 3340881

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0038-4348

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00007611-198802000-00033


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States