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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is hyperkalemia?

Hyperkalemia is when potassium levels in the blood are too high. Common causes are kidney disease and some medication side effects.

Symptoms of hyperkalemia

  • Kidney failure on dialysis

  • Numbness or tingling in the toes

  • Decrease in urine volume

  • Upset tummy / upper abdominal discomfort

  • Numbness anywhere from the elbow to the wrist

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Numbness of the thigh

  • Reduced sensitivity to feeling pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for hyperkalemia

  • Are you currently on dialysis?

  • Do your toes feel numb or tingly?

  • Are you urinating less?

  • Do you have discomfort in the upper abdomen, like an upset tummy?

  • Do you have numbness in your arm?

Treatment for hyperkalemia

Doctors treat hyperkalemia by suggesting changes in diet and/or medication. For severe hyperkalemia, they may prescribe medicines to lower potassium levels. In some cases, emergency dialysis is needed to fix the issue.

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References

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    https://www.ccjm.org/content/84/12/934

  • Montford JR, Linas S. How Dangerous Is Hyperkalemia? J Am Soc Nephrol. 2017 Nov;28(11):3155-3165. doi: 10.1681/ASN.2016121344. Epub 2017 Aug 4. PMID: 28778861; PMCID: PMC5661285.

    https://jasn.asnjournals.org/content/28/11/3155

  • Sarwar CM, Papadimitriou L, Pitt B, Piña I, Zannad F, Anker SD, Gheorghiade M, Butler J. Hyperkalemia in Heart Failure. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016 Oct 4;68(14):1575-89. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2016.06.060. PMID: 27687200.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0735109716346563?via%3Dihub

  • Kovesdy CP. Management of Hyperkalemia: An Update for the Internist. Am J Med. 2015 Dec;128(12):1281-7. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2015.05.040. Epub 2015 Jun 18. PMID: 26093176.

    https://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(15)00541-0/fulltext

  • Kovesdy CP. Updates in hyperkalemia: Outcomes and therapeutic strategies. Rev Endocr Metab Disord. 2017 Mar;18(1):41-47. doi: 10.1007/s11154-016-9384-x. PMID: 27600582; PMCID: PMC5339065.

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Maxwell J. Nanes, DO

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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