Sjogren’s syndrome (SS) is an autoimmune disease with involvement of multiple organs, including both glandular and extraglandular organs. Usually involvement of glandular organs manifests before the extraglandular ones, but when the sequence is reversed, diagnosis may be missed. Hypokalaemic quadriparesis in SS is not uncommon. Respiratory failure in hypokalaemia is not usually seen, but in SS, it has been reported. We report a case of a 55-year-old woman who presented with sudden onset flaccid quadriparesis and respiratory muscle paralysis secondary to severe hypokalaemia. On detailed investigation, she was detected to have distal renal tubular acidosis secondary to clinically inapparent and asymptomatic SS.
- nutrition and metabolism
- connective tissue disease
Statistics from Altmetric.com
If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.
Contributors AM prepared the manuscript and searched the literature, ML reviewed the manuscript and is responsible for intellectual content, MG searched the literature and PL reviewed the manuscript and searched the literature.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.