Controlling High Potassium

Patient: If the doctor says the potassium is too high, How can it be lowered and controlled? I am asking for a client who has no computer.

Doctor: High potassium or hyperkalemia may be seen in several conditions. Failure of the kidneys to remove excess potassium as i n acute or chronic kidney failure, glomreulonephritis, addison’s disease, burns, gastrointestinal bleeding and tumors may all present with elevated levels of potassium in the blood.Your client may require further investigations to determine the cause of high potassium. Tests like ECG, calcium levels, glucose, urinalysis may be needed. Treatment will depend on the cause. Acute high levels of potassium could cause cardiac arrest and may require dialysis or diuretics to reduce the potassium levels.


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