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A 34-year-old member asked:

Please tell me what does high potassium in blood work mean?

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Dr. Kalyani Perumal
Nephrology and Dialysis 30 years experience
INPUT-OUTPUT: High levels of potassium can occur due to increased intake of high potassium containing foods, nutritional supplements etc 2. Changes in acid base balance in the body 3. Decreased excretion of the potassium by the kidneys. Most often, it is a combination of 2 or more causes.Very frequently, kidney is always one of the culprits.If you have this problem, please consult md.
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Dr. Raja-elie Abdulnour
Critical Care 19 years experience
Above normal range : Potassium is a natural element important for bodily functions. The body regulates its blood levels very tightly. Too high or too low causes problems, such as heart rhythm (life threatening). High levels in blood can be caused by a multitude of things. Common and important causes are: kidney disease, medication side effect, acidity in blood... First thing to do is confirm by repeating the bloodwork.
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A 40-year-old female asked:

I have been told that I have high potassium in my blood what does this mean and what is the treatment?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
It depends: If it's not crazy high, and if your kidneys work fine, they will fix it faster & more safely than drs can. It also may be a lab error from red cell breakage if stored wrong b4 testing. If over about 6.5 or kidney problems, then follow your dr's advice on how to lower it.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What does a high potassium in my blood work indicate?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Depends: It may have been artefactully high if you repeated clenched your fist during blood draw, or if the blood got hemolyzed. Other causes are kidney disease, metabolic disorders and some drugs.
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Last updated Jan 12, 2014

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