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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is hyperkalemia?

Hyperkalemia is increased potassium levels in the blood. Common causes include kidney disease and certain medication side-effects.

Symptoms related to hyperkalemia

  • Kidney failure on dialysis

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Upset tummy / upper abdominal discomfort

  • History of kidney failure

  • Numbness or abnormal sensation

Questions your doctor may ask to check for hyperkalemia

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose hyperkalemia

  • Are you currently on dialysis (hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, etc)?

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting?

  • Do you have discomfort (but not pain) around the upper part of your abdomen /stomach? Such as an upset tummy?

  • Do you have any numbness or tingling in your toes?

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with poor kidney function?

Treatment for hyperkalemia

Doctors treat hyperkalemia by recommending changes in diet and/ or medication. In case of severe hyperkalemia, treatment with medicines to lower potassium level may be prescribed.

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