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August 1982

Potassium Iodide as a Cause of Prolonged Fever

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey.

Arch Intern Med. 1982;142(8):1543-1544. doi:10.1001/archinte.1982.00340210141024

A 73-year-old man was initially seen with a 15-year history of intermittent fevers and had been treated for culture-negative subacute bacterial endocarditis. He had been taking potassium iodide as a bronchorrheic agent for approximately the same 15-year period, and, when potassium iodide therapy was discontinued, the fever resolved and has not recurred during 2½ years of observation. The possible mechanisms of fever caused by potassium iodide and current clinical indications for potassium iodide use are described.

(Arch Intern Med 1982;142:1543-1544)