Hypokalemia

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&nbsp;'''Hypokalemia '''is when the [[Blood|blood ]]contains lower levels of potassium (K<sup>+</sup>) than normal.&nbsp;
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&nbsp;'''Hypokalemia '''is when the [[Blood|blood contains]] lower levels of potassium (K<sup>+</sup>) than normal.&nbsp;  
  
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<u>Some possible causes of hypokalemia may be:</u>
  
<u>Some possible causes of hypokalemia may be:</u>
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*Antibiotics&nbsp;  
 
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*Diarrhea&nbsp;  
*Antibiotics&nbsp;
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*Diseases that affect the [[Kidney|kidneys]]' ability to retain potassium ([[Liddle Syndrome|Liddle syndrome]] and [[Cushing sydrome|Cushing syndrome]])  
*Diarrhea&nbsp;
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*[[Diuretic|Diuretics]]  
*Diseases that affect the [[Kidney|kidneys]]' ability to retain potassium ([[Liddle_Syndrome|Liddle syndrome]] and [[Cushing_sydrome|Cushing syndrome]])
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*Eating disorders  
*[[Diuretic|Diuretics]]
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*Eating large amounts of licorice or other foods with glycyrrhetinic acid&nbsp;  
*Eating disorders
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*[[Magnesium|Magnesium deficiency]]  
*Eating large amounts of licorice or other foods with glycyrrhetinic acid&nbsp;
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*Sweating  
*[[Magnesium|Magnesium ]]deficiency
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*Sweating
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*Vomiting<ref>http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001510/</ref>
 
*Vomiting<ref>http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001510/</ref>
  
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<u>Symptoms of severe hypokalemia include:</u>
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<u>Symptoms of severe hypokalemia include:</u>  
  
*Abnormal heart rhythms
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*Abnormal heart rhythms  
*Constipation
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*Constipation  
*Fatigue
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*Fatigue  
*[[Muscle|Muscle ]]damage&nbsp;
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*[[Muscle|Muscle damage]]&nbsp;  
*[[Muscle|Muscle ]]weakness or spasms
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*[[Muscle|Muscle weakness]] or spasms  
 
*Paralysis (which can include the lungs)<ref>Mount DB, Zandi-Nejad K. Disorders of potassium balance. In: Brenner BM, ed. Brenner and Rector's The Kidney. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:chap 15.</ref>
 
*Paralysis (which can include the lungs)<ref>Mount DB, Zandi-Nejad K. Disorders of potassium balance. In: Brenner BM, ed. Brenner and Rector's The Kidney. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:chap 15.</ref>
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Revision as of 00:01, 14 November 2011

 Hypokalemia is when the blood contains lower levels of potassium (K+) than normal. 


Some possible causes of hypokalemia may be:


Symptoms of severe hypokalemia include:



  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001510/
  2. Mount DB, Zandi-Nejad K. Disorders of potassium balance. In: Brenner BM, ed. Brenner and Rector's The Kidney. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:chap 15.
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