Hypokalemic Paresis Revealing a Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome


Hypokalemic acidosis can complicate a primary Sjögren’s syndrome. The clinical feature is rarely revealed by manifestations due to hypokalemia. We report the case of a 46-year-old woman, admitted to explore a paresthesia and paresis of inferior limbs. The diagnosis of Sjögren’s syndrome was retained since there was the association of xerophthalmia, sialadenitis at the labial biopsy and positive immunological results (anti-SSA and anti-SSB). The absence of another auto-immune or systemic illness allowed us to consider that the Sjögren’s syndrome was primary. The biological explorations revealed a hyperchloremic and hypokalemic acidosis. The treatment was based on corticosteroid and potassium supplementation. The follow-up was marked by a clinical and biological amelioration.

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Mahfoudhi, M. , Bellali, H. , Gorsane, I. , El Euch, M. , Turki, S. and Abdallah, T. (2015) Hypokalemic Paresis Revealing a Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome. Open Journal of Internal Medicine, 5, 33-36. doi: 10.4236/ojim.2015.53007.

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