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What can be done for hyperkalemia (cause unknown)?

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Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 45 years experience
Hyperkalemia: First, reduce your dietary potassium intake. Foods that are high in potassium can be found at: http://www.Healthaliciousness.Com/articles/food-sources-of-potassium.Php. Next, see your doctor so the cause can be found and follow any recommendation made. Why? High serum potassium levels that persist are really very dangerous to your health.
Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
Nephrology and Dialysis 31 years experience
Get a diagnosis: The approach is: 1. Too much in: this is rarely the cause 2. Not enough out: this can happen in patients with unsuspected kidney disease or obstruction 3. Shift: potassium may be moving out of cells due to rupture from chemotherapy, trauma (rhabdomyolysis), or lack of Insulin (solute drag from hyperglycemia) see an internist or nephrologist for a diagnosis and treatment.

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