The old lady who liked liquorice: hypertension due to chronic intoxication in a memory-impaired patient.
SourceNetherlands Journal of Medicine, 63, 4, (2005), pp. 149-150
Article / Letter to editor
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Netherlands Journal of Medicine
SubjectDCN 1: Perception and Action; IGMD 5: Health aging / healthy living; NCEBP 11: Alzheimer Centre; NCEBP 14: Cardiovascular diseases; NCEBP 4: Quality of hospital and integrated care; UMCN 3.2: Cognitive neurosciences
The authors report an 85-year-old patient admitted because of cognitive impairment. During examination hypertension and hypokalaemia were found. After some time it was discovered that the patient was eating too much liquorice. The case demonstrates that liquorice intoxication should be considered as a cause of hypertension in old age. Furthermore the case demonstrates that missing an intoxication is a pitfall for medical history taking of patients with cognitive impairment.
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