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A 68-year-old woman with pancreatic cancer undergoing chemotherapy presented to the emergency department with a week of vomiting and body cramps. Vital signs were: BP 130/70 mm Hg; HR 80 bpm; RR 14 bpm and oxygen saturation 100% while breathing ambient air. Laboratory investigations showed normal calcium, magnesium and albumin levels; hypokalaemia level at 2.3 mmol/L (normal range 3.5–5.0 mmol/L) and bicarbonate level at 42 mmol/L (normal range 22–29 mmol/L).
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