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Kidney Diseases

High Potassium Levels

10/20/2009

Question:

What are the results of high potassium?

Answer:

Usually none unless the potassium goes up rapidly or is very elevated. In the case of either one of these there can be reversible muscle weakness and/or sudden cardiac death. Hyperkalemia of this magnitude can be detected on an EKG, and is a medical emergency.

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Response by:

Thomas   Zipp, MD Thomas Zipp, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University