What are exogenous causes of mineralocorticoid excess in patients with hypokalemia (low potassium level)?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Exogenous causes of mineralocorticoid excess include the following:

  • Steroid therapy for immunosuppression

  • Glycyrrhizic acid - Inhibits 11-beta hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase; contained in licorice and Chinese herbal preparations

  • Renal tubular disorders - Type I and type II renal tubular acidosis

  • Hypomagnesemia


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