What is the role of potassium measurement in the workup of heat stroke?

Updated: Nov 06, 2018
  • Author: Robert S Helman, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Hypokalemia is common in the early phases of heat stroke, and deficits of 500 mEq are not unusual. However, with increasing muscle damage, hyperkalemia may be observed.


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