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What are the causes of low potassium (hypokalemia)?

What are the causes of low potassium (hypokalemia)?

See below: A low potassium level has many causes, some are due to decreased intake, some due to increase loss from the skin, gut eg loose stools, urine eg alcohol intake, tubular problems or magnesium deficiency.Others are due to shift of potassium into the cells. ...Read more

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Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Potassium (Definition)

Potassium is an essential electrolyte, important in the functioning of many organs including the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Deficiency can be caused by diseases such as kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea, or by ...Read more


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Symtems of low potassium?

Symtems of low potassium?

Electrical: The concentration of sodium outside and potassium inside cells is important to the resting membrane charge on the cell surface. This has implications specifically for heart muscle cells (arrhythmia) and regular muscle cells (weakness). The potassium concentration has to get below 3mmol/l before either of these would be expected. ...Read more

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What causes low potassium? What are the symptoms of low potassium?

Low potassium: There are many causes of a low blood potassium level. It can be caused by vomiting, diarrhea, diuretic use, antibiotics such as penicillin, low magnesium blood levels, increased sweating and hyperaldosteronism or conn's syndrome. See your physician to arrive the correct diagnosis in your case. ...Read more

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What causes low potassium?

What causes low potassium?

Medications: Not enough potassium in your diet, urinar losses in potassium, medications, certain endocrine disease. ...Read more

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Symptoms of low potassium?

Symptoms of low potassium?

Usually none.: One can suspect low potassium by a clinical history or by abnormalities on the ekg but there are usually no symptoms. People who take Benazepril often run potassium on the higher side of normal. ...Read more

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What are common causes of high potassium levels?

What are common causes of high potassium levels?

Factors: A simplistic way to look at it: potassium levels can be high if the dietary intake is high, if the excretion is low (eg. In kidney disease, or in certain states when the kidneys can't excrete potassium well even if the function otherwise is normal like rta), or if potassium shifts from inside the cells to the blood stream. ...Read more

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What are the causes of low potassium, high blood pressure and palpitations?

What are the causes of low potassium, high blood pressure and palpitations?

Suspect hyperaldo: High blood pressure with low blood potassium levels brings the potential diagnosis of elevated aldosterone level (hyperaldosteronism) as a possibility. There may be other reasons- for example if you are taking a BP medication that may cause low potassium levels but your BP is still elevated. This finding requires a proper medical evaluation and lab analysis. ...Read more

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What are the causes of high levels of potassium?

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. ...Read more

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Causes of low testosterone?

Causes of low testosterone?

Sleep Deprivation: Besides aging, the two most common causes i see of secondary hypogonadism are sleep deprivation and vegetarianism. So, get a good night's sleep and eat meat. ...Read more

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What can cause high levels of potassium?

What can cause high levels of potassium?

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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What are some causes of high calcium, sodium, potassium, and chloride?

What are some causes of high calcium, sodium, potassium, and chloride?

Cause of high Ca: The most common cause of hypercalcemia in an ambulatory patient is hyperparathyroidism. The most common cause in a hospitalized patient would be cancer metastatic to the skeleton. I would suggest evaluation for hyperparathyroidism which starts with a match set of blood tests, calcium and intact PTH. ...Read more

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Causes of low anemia in men?

Causes of low anemia in men?

Low Blood Count: This is a rare situation for younger men. So, it must be taken seriously. First would be a general sense of one's health. Are there any chronic illnesses or infections? Next would be if there could be a bleeding ulcer or other situation in the GI tract. Any good medical provider will investigate this situation fully to make sure the cause is identified and treated. ...Read more

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Can dehydration cause high levels of B12 in blood?

Can dehydration cause high levels of B12 in blood?

No: Chronic myelogeneous leukemia, promyelocytic leukemia, polycythemia vera and also the hypereosinophilic syndrome can result in elevated levels of B12 mostly from increased production of haptocorrin. In addition, because the liver stores b12, liver diseases such as acute hepatitis, cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma and metastatic liver disease can also cause a rise in serum b12. ...Read more

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What causes high levels of iron in body?

What causes high levels of iron in body?

Depends: 1 excess intake 2 hemochromatosis, a condition leading to accumulation of iron. Treated with medications and phlebotomy, or periodic removal of blood. ...Read more

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What can cause high platelets and low calcium in labs?

What can cause high platelets and low calcium in labs?

Myriad of things. Sx: There are a myriad of things that can cause low calcium & high platelets. W/o knowing ur symptoms & medical history, it's next to impossible to interpret these results. High platelets can be a "stress" reaction to illness/infection, or a bone marrow prob. Low calcium can b from vitamin D deficiency or low sun exposure (Nordic genes). The most common cause is lab error. TTYD to clarify the results ...Read more

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What is combined levels of high potassium and low sodium mean?

Nephrologist: Low sodium and high potassium means either there is dehydration as in severe diarrhea or overhydration, excess fluid as in heart failure. This electrolyte abnormality is a complex physiological derangement , which is usually best dealt by a nephrologist. ...Read more

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What problems could high potassium levels in the blood cause?

Cardiac problems: the most feared and morbid complication is a cardiac arrhythmia which could be fatal. This is usually caused by an acute rise in potassium level. The body may adapt to a slow chronic rise and therefore a treatment plan should be dictated by your doctor who would follow the level closely. ...Read more

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Can low levels of iron cause body aches?

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Can low levels of iron cause body aches?

Possibly: Iron deficiency can cause weakness and fatigue, which can feel like body aches. Other symptoms can be pale skin, dizziness, decreased exercise tolerance and irritability. If you think this describes how you're feeling you can see your physician and they will run blood work to check for you. ...Read more

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What causes increase of potassium in urine?

Intake: Kidneys regulate potassium on daily basis dependingon the intake. It is common to see high urine potassium if the intake of potassium is high. However if the urine potassium is high in the face of low blood level of potassium, it must be investigated. ...Read more

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Hypokalemia (Definition)

Most labs will define normal as 3.5 to 5. Some may increase the upper limits to 5.2 but anything above 5.5 is clearly abnormal. Level below ...Read more


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