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Can Low Potassium Cause Seizures
Yes, and other probs: Hypokalemia (or low potassium), affects skeletal muscle place in the body, and cardiac muscle. Therefore typical symptoms are muscle weakness, headaches, abnormal gastrointestinal sx. The most serious problem is cardiac muscle contractility and rhythm problems, including serious arrhythmias and death. Must know how severe it is, and must find cause. Diuretics, adrenal disease, diarrhea are some. ...Read more
Depends on how low. : By the time your blood potassium is low the total body potassium is really depleted. Slightly low potassium on it's own should not cause any arrhythmias. In combination with certain medications heart rhythm abnormalities may occur. Very low levels of potassium can cause serious arrhythmias. You should have your pcp follow this closely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Low potassium cannot cause classical panic or anxiety attacks. Low potassium, depending on how low, can cause cardiac arrhythmias or irregular heart beats. I guess i could see how feeling one's heart flutter or skip a beat could lead to anxiety. Also, worrying about the whole deal could make one very anxious. There are multiple causes for low potassium as well as treatments to correct it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Low sodium: Low serum sodium concentrations in circulating blood sure can lead to seizures. If serum sodium concentrations drop fast, then brain sweiling happens rapidly with compression of brain matter. Seizure, coma, brain herniation can result. Low serum sodium concentrations are not induced by low sodium diets. Please don't confuse these. ...Read more
Hyperkalemia: Because the kidneys are able to excrete potassium well, high potassium level in the blood is rare in patients with normal kidney function. High blood potassium level can result in patients with reduced kidney function in certain settings (excessive potassium intake, cell/tissue death, or shift of potassium from intracelluar to extracellular compartment). ...Read more
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