Renal tubular acidosis, hypokalemic paralysis, rhabdomyolysis, and acute renal failure - A rare presentation of Chinese herbal nephropathy

Chien Te Lee, Mai Szu Wu, Kang Lu, Kuo Tai Hsu

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Abstract

We encountered a 66-year-old Chinese man presented with hypokalemic paralysis, rhabdomyolysis and acute renal failure after administration of mixed Chinese herbs. Proximal renal tubular acidosis and selective glucosuria were the main tubular dysfunctions. The renal failure recovered smoothly and rapidly after resuscitation and the tubular function abnormalities regained spontaneously after medicine withdrawal. It should be recognized that renal tubular acidosis with hypokalemic paralysis, rhabdomyolysis and subsequent acute renal failure may develop after taking Chinese mixed herbal medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-230
Number of pages4
JournalRenal Failure
Volume21
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Acute renal failure
  • Chinese herbs
  • Hypokalemic paralysis
  • Renal tubular acidosis
  • Rhabdomyolysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology

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