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, 45 (6), 277-9

Hypokalemia-induced Psychosis in a Chronic Schizophrenic Patient

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Hypokalemia-induced Psychosis in a Chronic Schizophrenic Patient

H Hafez et al. J Clin Psychiatry.

Abstract

An association is documented between hypokalemia and an acute psychotic decompensation in a patient with chronic schizophrenia. The patient's symptom picture and other aspects of the clinical presentation alone were not sufficient to differentiate between hypokalemic psychosis and an exacerbation of schizophrenia. A restricted focus on a history of psychosis, ignoring the possibility of organic factors, can be misleading and dangerous to the patient.

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