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A 22-year-old male asked:

I have a low potassium problem and kidney stones problem. is my hypokalemia the cause of my kidney stones? or the other way?

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Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Hoanswered
Infectious Disease 14 years experience
Not necessarily: These are not necessarily related, except for if you have what is called type 1 rta; in that case, innate kidney disease causes both low potassium (due to wasting) as well as kidney stone formation (low urine acid, high calcium excretion).
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Unlikely: A potassium-wasting problem might be due to kidney tubular / parenchymal damage from infection related to kidney stones, but in this case you would have been told of this by your physicians. If your potassium is actually significantly below the healthy range, this is serious and no physician would let it go without a full workup. You have a right to a thorough explanation from your doctor.
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Stones low potassium: These can coexist in genetic kidney diseases like renal tubular acidosis. RTA is a specific diagnosis. Requires nephrologist. Therapy is essential. Polycitra is used. Lemon extract is excellent as adjunct. Diet op

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