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Hypokalemia & Hypertension Associated with Licorice (Liquorice) Ingestion

Purpose:

To determine if licorice could be a cause for hypokalemia and hypertension in a patient.

Specialty:

Endocrinology, Nutrition & Dermatology
Clinical Laboratory

Objective:

differential diagnosis and mimics, red flags, adverse effects

ICD-10:

E87.6, I15.8, E26.1

Description:

Licorice extract contains glycyrrhizinic acid which when taken chronically can result in a syndrome mimicking mineralocorticoid excess.

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