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J Clin Psychiatry. 1984 Jun;45(6):277-9.

Hypokalemia-induced psychosis in a chronic schizophrenic patient.


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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