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is low potassium a sign of cancer

A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyani Perumal
28 years experience in Nephrology and Dialysis
Nephrologist: Potassium balance is tightly regulated by the kidneys, so any potassium disorder implies some derangement in potassium intake or output. Low potassium ... Read More

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cynthia Anderson
19 years experience in Radiation Oncology
Could be: It can be a sign of an endocrine disorder in which your signals to regulate sodium may be off. There are certain conditions, such as addison's disea ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keshab Paudel
18 years experience in Internal Medicine
Depends: All black spots are not cancers or melanoma, but it they change in shape, size or color, they need to be evaluated by a doctor.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience in Internal Medicine
Temperatures: Vary normally in everyone each day. Up to 100.4 is a normal temperature and vary with activity, outside temperature. I do not know if you mean tempera ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Mund
45 years experience in Rheumatology
No: Low sodium is not a typical feature of lyme disease.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Can be: Elevated levels of IgM are present in waldenstrom macroglobulinemia and it is often associated with lymphoid cancer. It is imperative to consult your ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Feinberg
36 years experience in Rheumatology
No: Lupus can cause almost any symptom or problem. Low potassium and calcium would be very unlikely. Usually with kidney problems related to lupus potas ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience in Cardiology
end stage ca: Frequently low blood pressure is seen in end stage cancer.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Not really: High blood protein can be seen in different settings like in infections, chronic inflammation, chronic diseases, or sometimes in condition like plasma ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brandon Smithey
Specializes in Pathology
Possibly: While other diseases can cause low white blood cell counts, the possibility of cancer in the bone marrow is always raised when this is seen. Cancer c ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benson Yu
Dr. Benson Yu answered
30 years experience in Internal Medicine
Low potassium: The most common first sign of low potassium is leg cramping. If not treated , it can affect the heart as well. If any in doubt , see your doctor , ge ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
No: Further, high MCV is not an illness, but a tipoff that illness may be present -- anything from B12 / folate (folic acid) deficiency to alcoholism to h ... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Get tested for HIV: If you have any concern about HIV infection, get tested for HIV. Lymphocyte counts are not a reliable indicator of presence or absence of HIV.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Carlos
19 years experience in Critical Care
No: No. Sometimes patients have both low protein and low blood pressure but it is not a cause of it. Low protein can lead to extravascular fluid accumul ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jean Steichen
51 years experience in Neonatology
Yes it can be: Practically close to 100 %! of sodium that is filtered by our kidney in the part of your kidney called glomeruli is almost 100 % reabsorbed later by ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Devin Namaky
13 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No. : In general, no.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience in Rheumatology
It is!: Most people will have anemia of chronic disease, which is not iron deficient. But some pateint will. Also, in the spondyloarthropathies, bowel inflam ... Read More
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
No.: Low vitamin d levels are not caused by cancer. We get vitamin d from diet and from sun exposure. Use of sun screens or avoiding sun cuts down on vit ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience in Pediatrics
Thrombocytosis: Yes a high platlet count can sometime be a sgn of cancer.
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Could be: A normal eGFR is higher than 90. Vegans have lower creatinine than meat eaters, and should have higher eGFR. Creatinine is the main factor in determin ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Faustino
25 years experience in Internal Medicine
Not necessarily: This is just the size of the ovary and this is an estimate given the ultrasound just like people different sizes so our different organs i would worry ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience in Internal Medicine
A low grade temp can: Be just about anything, including an early pregnancy.

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