How this 'stinky' fruit landed a woman in hospital: case

The Malaysian woman developed severe hyperkalaemia after indulging in potassium-rich durian

Durian is famous for tasting great but smelling awful, and now Malaysian doctors are sharing a salient reminder that the exotic fruit can also be dangerous for patients with impaired renal function.

They are reporting the case of an elderly woman who presented with life-threatening hyperkalaemia after indulging heavily in potassium-rich durian.

The 79-year-old, who had a history of hypertension, dyslipidaemia and diabetes mellitus, presented to the ED with a one-day history of lethargy and palpitations.

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