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November 1978

Severe Electrolyte Abnormalities in a Pregnant Patient With a Jejunoileal Bypass

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Medicine (Dr Houston) and Obstetrics and Gynecology (Dr Turner), West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WVa. Dr Turner is now with the US Navy, based in Norfolk, Va.

Arch Intern Med. 1978;138(11):1712-1713. doi:10.1001/archinte.1978.03630360088033

A pregnant patient with a jejunoileal bypass developed hypokalemic paralysis and severe hypocalcemia and hypomagnesemia. She also had hypokalemic myopathy with elevation of muscle enzymes, which was corrected by potassium administration. This case emphasizes the severe metabolic complications that may be encountered during pregnancy following jejunoileal bypass.

(Arch Intern Med 138:1712-1713, 1978)