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Does a basic metabolic panel show serum or intracellular potassium levels? How is hypokalemia diagnosed?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Serum potassium

Bmp will show you serum potassium level.
Hypokalemia is diagnosed if the serum potassium level is below the normal range.

In brief: Serum potassium

Bmp will show you serum potassium level.
Hypokalemia is diagnosed if the serum potassium level is below the normal range.
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Dr. Howard Min
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Serum levels

The bmp measures serum levels of the basic electrolytes.
Hypokalemia is diagnosed when the serum potassium levels are lower than the standard. Less than 3.7 meq/l is considered to be below normal.

In brief: Serum levels

The bmp measures serum levels of the basic electrolytes.
Hypokalemia is diagnosed when the serum potassium levels are lower than the standard. Less than 3.7 meq/l is considered to be below normal.
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Dr. Morton Levitt
Pathology
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In brief: Hypokalemia

Low potassium can be a very serious condition, and a simple blood test ("electrolyte panel") can measure the serum level.
The serum level correlates with but does not measure intra cellular potassium. The nasic metabolic panel you refer to often includes seeum elctrolytes, including porassium. Read this==>http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/hypokalemia for some common answers. Follow up immediately.

In brief: Hypokalemia

Low potassium can be a very serious condition, and a simple blood test ("electrolyte panel") can measure the serum level.
The serum level correlates with but does not measure intra cellular potassium. The nasic metabolic panel you refer to often includes seeum elctrolytes, including porassium. Read this==>http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/hypokalemia for some common answers. Follow up immediately.
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Dr. Rashid Khan
Internal Medicine

In brief: Hypokalemia.

Yes it shows the serum potassium .
Consult your physician for the work up of hypokalemia.L .There are many reasons a person can have hypokalemia , it can be due to certain medications or some endocrine and metabolic disorders. To initiate the work up for hypokalemia start with basic metabolic panel , urine potassium level and list of any medication and supplement that the person is on.

In brief: Hypokalemia.

Yes it shows the serum potassium .
Consult your physician for the work up of hypokalemia.L .There are many reasons a person can have hypokalemia , it can be due to certain medications or some endocrine and metabolic disorders. To initiate the work up for hypokalemia start with basic metabolic panel , urine potassium level and list of any medication and supplement that the person is on.
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