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J R Soc Med. 1984 May; 77(5): 384–386.
PMCID: PMC1439885

Hypokalaemia: Bartter's syndrome or pseudo-Bartter's syndrome?


The difficulties in the diagnosis of hypokalaemia are often considerable. This paper reports three patients who presented with hypokalaemia. Investigations are described which may help to distinguish Bartter's syndrome from pseudo-Bartter's syndrome.

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