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High Potassium Overview

Another name for High Potassium is Hyperkalemia.

What is hyperkalemia?
A person with hyperkalemia has abnormally high levels of potassium in the bloodstream. The most common cause of hyperkalemia is kidney failure. Additional causes include severe burns, severe dehydration, and medication side effects.

What are the symptoms of hyperkalemia?
Symptoms of hyperkalemia include numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, and palpitations.

How does the doctor treat hyperkalemia?
Treatment for hyperkalemia may include diet control, cardiac monitoring, intravenous fluids, and medications to lower potassium in the bloodstream. Kidney dialysis may be required in some patients.

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Last Updated: Aug 27, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed High Potassium References
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