How are serum electrolyte levels used in the diagnosis of status asthmaticus?

Updated: Jun 17, 2020
  • Author: Constantine K Saadeh, MD; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Serum electrolyte measurement, particularly of serum potassium levels, is important. Medications used to treat status asthmaticus may cause hypokalemia. A low pH may result in a transient elevation of potassium.


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