What are the GI causes of potassium loss?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Gastrointestinal loss of potassium can result from vomiting, diarrhea, or small intestine drainage. The problem can be particularly prominent in tropical illnesses, such as malaria and leptospirosis. [19] Severe hypokalemia has also been reported with villous adenomas and VIPomas. [20]


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