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Editor's Correspondence
April 23, 2001

Determining the Serum Concentration Alone Is Not Sufficient to Justify Potassium Administration—Reply

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Intern Med. 2001;161(8):1117. doi:

In reply

Dr Zatuchni's letter raises legitimate concerns about the inappropriate use of potassium supplementation. Indeed, our recommendation was that treatment "should be considered" in such situations, thus presuming that careful consideration would be given to laboratory validity and ancillary findings. Nonetheless, waiting for other laboratory and electrocardiographic confirmation may leave many patients unprotected from the risks of modest hypokalemia.

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