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Too much of too little: xylitol, an unusual trigger of a chronic metabolic hyperchloremic acidosis


Wille, D; Hauri-Hohl, M; Vonbach, P; Tomaske, M; Padden, B; Bernet, V (2010). Too much of too little: xylitol, an unusual trigger of a chronic metabolic hyperchloremic acidosis. European Journal of Pediatrics, 169(12):1549-1551.

Abstract

Homeopathic globules are frequently used in children as a first-line treatment. Most of these globules are coated with sugar substitutes like xylitol; these substitutes are known for their laxative effect. Our patient shows that consumption of globules coated with xylitol does not have only laxative effects. It may cause indeed considerable weight loss and life-threatening enteral bicarbonate loss by diarrhea when overdosed in an infant.

Abstract

Homeopathic globules are frequently used in children as a first-line treatment. Most of these globules are coated with sugar substitutes like xylitol; these substitutes are known for their laxative effect. Our patient shows that consumption of globules coated with xylitol does not have only laxative effects. It may cause indeed considerable weight loss and life-threatening enteral bicarbonate loss by diarrhea when overdosed in an infant.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:21 Jan 2011 21:14
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:31
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0340-6199
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s00431-010-1249-9
PubMed ID:20625910

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