Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection is associated with many potentially fatal complications. Renal involvement in various forms is common in addition to serum electrolyte disturbances. Early reports suggest that hypokalaemia may frequent those with SARS-CoV-2 infection and various aetiological factors may cause this electrolyte disturbance. A Chinese retrospective study has demonstrated renal potassium wasting in patients infected with SARS-CoV-2, however, it is not known if these patients were receiving diuretic therapy which may be a contributing factor. This case report illustrates an example of renal potassium wasting in SARS-CoV-2 infection in the absence of diuretics and extra-renal mechanisms with important lessons learned.
Corresponding author: John A. SayerCompeting interests: No competing interests were disclosed.Grant information: JAS is supported by Kidney Research UK and Northern Counties Kidney Research Fund.
The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
Copyright: © 2020 Mabillard H et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
How to cite: Mabillard H, Tedd H, Speight A et al. Case Report: Renal potassium wasting in SARS-CoV-2 infection [version 2; peer review: 1 approved, 1 approved with reservations]. F1000Research 2020, 9:659 (https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.24621.2)
First published: 30 Jun 2020, 9:659 (https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.24621.1)
Latest published: 13 Nov 2020, 9:659 (https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.24621.2)