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High serum potassium level...

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by PeterPositive, Jul 1, 2015.

  1. PeterPositive

    PeterPositive Senior Member

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    According to lab results I have elevated serum potassium.
    229 mg/l in a range from 144-188mg/l

    The other minerals in serum are in range (Na, Mg) so I guess it should be no biggie, right?
    Intracellular K also looks fine = 4197 (3350 - 4500).

    I don't take any supplemental potassium... I've tried it, but didn't change anything for me. That probably explains why I have never had potassium-related issues when taking high dose folate and B12.

    Cheers
     
  2. barbc56

    barbc56 Senior Member

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    A repeat test is often needed.

    http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/hyperkalemia/basics/causes/sym-20050776
     
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  3. PeterPositive

    PeterPositive Senior Member

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    Makes sense. In previous tests potassium was in the middle of the range.

    thanks
     
  4. barbc56

    barbc56 Senior Member

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    The reason this caught my eye is that I was checked for kidney damage caused by a couple of problematic kidney stones.

    I am also being tested for Addisons disease as I have another stone which may be associated. One of the things looked for among others is high potassium levels. Most likely I don't have this but the symptoms are very similar to me/cfs/seids.

    Barb
     
  5. Jonathan Edwards

    Jonathan Edwards "Gibberish"

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    A common reason for high K is leakage from red cells when samples take time to be analysed. It might be worse in hot weather. We often used to have to repeat K tests. The main thing to check otherwise is creatinine for renal problems as someone says.
     
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  6. PeterPositive

    PeterPositive Senior Member

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    Btw, I should add, that potassium is elevated only in the serum not in whole blood and intracellular...
     

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