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Effect of spironolactone on stool electrolyte losses during human cholera
  1. Richard L. Guerrant,
  2. Lincoln C. Chen,
  3. Jon E. Rohde


    This study demonstrated that endogenous aldosterone, as determined by its transient competitive block by spironolactone, caused significant sodium and chloride retention during naturally acquired cholera. This beneficial effect of the hormone is accompanied, however, by a deleterious depletion of potassium. In addition, it was found that stool rate significantly altered the sodium and potassium concentrations in cholera stool despite minimal or absent aldosterone activity.

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