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What is the most common electrolyte abnormality in patients on total parental nutrition?

What is the most common electrolyte abnormality in patients on total parental nutrition?

Depends: Lots of potential problems. Abnormalities in sodium, potassium, magnesium are not uncommon. Abnormalities in glucose (not an electrolyte) are common. Careful monitoring, and appropriate changes in formulas, or Insulin dosing can help keep these down to a minimum. Some patients have been able to be maintained on long-term TPN (>10-15 yrs) in good health. Infection always a risk too. ...Read more

Dr. Ashu Syal
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Electrolyte Abnormality (Definition)

After extended throwing up, or prolonged diarrhea, it is possible to develop abnormal electrolyte levels in the blood - such as potassium, ...Read more


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What is the difference between electrolyte imbalance and dehydration? What are symptoms of both to look for?

What is the difference between electrolyte imbalance and dehydration? What are symptoms of both to look for?

1=the other: U should always maintain proper hydration. Dehydration leads 2 electrolyte imbalance. Even if u do not sweat a lot in the heat, u have insensible water and electrolyte loss especially if active in the sun u can b fooled by a breeze 2 think u r ok. Water & a sports drink will b the best. Or some of the old school use salt tablets, but a gator aide like replacement is best. ...Read more

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I was prescribed Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) 60 mg for 8 weeks to heal my gastritis. Should I be concerned about anything? Electrolyte abnormalities?

 I was prescribed Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) 60 mg for 8 weeks to heal my gastritis. Should I be concerned about anything? Electrolyte abnormalities?

Not a concern: Generally speaking Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) for a short course of treatment should not cause electrolyte imbalance or any other problems. This medication blocks the acid production in your stomach. Acid is actually an important factor in digestion. So long term use, beyond 6-8 weeks should be monitored a bit more closely. It can reduce some vitamin levels and may affect long term bone density. ...Read more

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Does longer term MiraLax (polyethylene glycol) use cause electrolyte or acid/base balance abnormalities?

Here are some...: If its use just smooths stool regularity without watery diarrhea, it would not affect your electrolyte and acid/base balance. More? Ask your prescribing doctor. If unsure, test it once in 3-4 months for reassurance; that is reasonable. ...Read more

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I need a colonoscopy but I'm too weak to do bowel cleanse. I have Crohn's disease & a heart condition w/electrolyte abnormalities. What are my options?

I need a colonoscopy but I'm too weak to do bowel cleanse. I have Crohn's disease & a heart condition w/electrolyte abnormalities. What are my options?

Ask your doctors...: Ask your existing doctors if direct inspection with colonoscopy could be replaced by indirect means like digital camera endoscopy or modified imaging studies. Of course, the doctors and you together will consider the balance between medical necessities and professional possibilities. ...Read more

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How safe if bowel prep for colonoscopy in patients with heart disease and severe electrolyte abnormalities? Are any of them safe?

How safe if bowel prep for colonoscopy in patients with heart disease and severe electrolyte abnormalities? Are any of them safe?

Here are some...: Colonoscopy can usually & safely be done under brief IV sedation, but can be deferred until severe electrolyte imbalance+heart disease are optimally corrected because colonoscopy oftentimes is non-urgent and even optional esp. at the time with serious ongoing medical issues. So, ask the treating doc so to understand the balance between medical necessity & professional possibility before proceeding ...Read more

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Will chronic diarreah cause malnutrition &/or electrolyte abnormalities even if I consume a lot of sodium/potassium to compensate daily?? N

Will chronic diarreah cause malnutrition &/or electrolyte abnormalities even if I consume a lot of sodium/potassium to compensate daily?? N

May need more attn: Unfortunately many things can be lost through the stool depending on the cause, duration, and amount of stool passage. You may want to check with your physician or GI specialist to obtain more details on why you are having the chronic diarrhea. They can make sure your electrolytes and nutrition are treated appropriately and moreover find a cause and treatment for the diarrhea. ...Read more

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Can dehydration cause a buildup of potassium in electrolyte blood tests without any other signs of kidney damage in tests?

Can dehydration cause a buildup of potassium in electrolyte blood tests without any other signs of kidney damage in tests?

Dehydration: If you become dehydrated enough the blood flow to the kidneys can decrease and kidney failure can occur. If the kidney failure is bad enough and if one is on certain medications such as potassium, ACE inhibitors, ARBs, spironolactone high potassium can occur. With dehydration the kidneys are not damaged and will recover with hydration. ...Read more

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Too many electrolytes, is that bad?

Electrolyte problem: Please rephrase your question to get a meaningful answer. Do you mean that some of your electrolytes are elevated? Please either ask the physician who ordered to the blood work for an answer or submit another question that can be answered properly. ...Read more

Dr. Ashu Syal
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Dehydration (Definition)

In physiology and medicine, dehydration (hypohydration) is the excessive loss of body water, with an accompanying ...Read more


Dr. Frank Holmes
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Electrolytes (Definition)

Electrolytes are substances like sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, hydrogen, ...Read more