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Achor-Smith syndrome

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Potassium deficiency leading to pernicious anaemia, severe diarrhoea, muscle wasting, and renal insufficiency. Achor and Smith reported a case in which there was a severe prolonged nutritional deficiency with features of pernicious anaemia, sprue, and pellagra. Severe diarrhoea, renal insufficiency, muscle degeneration, achlorhydria, hypochloremic alkalosis, and hypocalcaemia are also present.


  • R. W. Achor, L. A. Smith:
    Nutritional deficiency syndrome with diarrhea resulting from hypopotassemia, muscle degeneration and renal insufficiency. Report of a case with recovery.
    Proceedings of Staff Meetings of the Mayo Clinic, 1955, 30: 207-214.

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