A 55-year-old female asked:
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what can cause sudden dangerously low potassium, hypokalemia, causing me to collapse and nearly die? what tests do i need?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Periodic paralysis?T: This sounds to me like hypokalemic periodic paralysis. I've seen good physicians miss this. Please read up on it, see if this fits you, talk with your physicians, see if a diagnosis can be made, if it can, discuss the implications with your family.
Answered on Aug 9, 2018
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience Endocrinology
Low K: 55 F asks what can cause sudden dangerous low K? I collapsed and nearly died. ANS: Many things & can't detail here. but at ur age & having given no other information (people must think we can read minds here-NOT) suspect taking diuretic 4 HTN or edema, severe vomiting diarrhea sweating, GI tumor, or adrenal tumor making 2 much aldosterone. i specialize in this. Consult me!
Answered on Sep 14, 2016
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